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Acer's Iconia A100, A500, A501, and W500 tablets get prices and release dates in the UK

Monday, May 30, 2011

Acer has quite a few tablets headed soon to the UK, and it has now decided to announce their prices and prospective release dates for those interested.

The 7-inch Iconia A100, seen below, will cost £329 and become available sometime in May. This tablet will launch running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and will be Wi-Fi only at this price. A 3G version will follow about a month after its release, and will cost about £100 more. Now £329 for a Tegra 2 tablet is quite an affordable price, so those of you in the UK should perhaps have your wallets ready in May.

The Acer Iconia A500 gadget, pictured below, is a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet that will become available in the UK on April 8. It will retail for £449, Wi-Fi-only. Again, a 3G-enabled version dubbed the Acer Iconia A501 will follow about a month later for £549. The Iconia 500 will also be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor, and it will come with 1 GB of RAM and either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. It will weigh 730 g and have a thickness of 13.3 mm. The A500 will have a rear-facing 5 MP camera and a front-facing 2 MP snapper as well. There will also be a microSD card slot to expand that internal memory, HDMI out, Bluetooth, and a 10-hour battery according to Acer.

Retailers such as Amazon, Comet, John Lewis, HMV and Harrods will sell the Acer Iconia A500 (and presumably the A100 as well).

Acer will also launch a Windows 7 tablet, the W500. Like the A500, this is also a 10-incher, but it will be thicker (at 15.95 mm) and heavier (at 970 g) than the Android-powered version. However, its Wi-Fi-only price will be the same: £449. The Acer W500 will also be offered bundled with a keyboard dock for £529, that being considered the optimal setup for this particular tablet apparently. The Acer W500 will also become available in the UK on April 8. A 3G version is expected for this tablet as well, also for £549, and also about a month after its initial release.

Acer sure has some interesting tablet offerings coming soon, especially from a features-for-the-price perspective (at least compared to other recent Android tablets). Let's see how well they will sell.


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