Acer Iconia Tab A500 Preview

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 joins the Iconia Smart and is Acer’s first entry into the competitive Android tablet market. It’s a 10.1-inch tablet, with multimedia content sharable through its built-in HDMI port to your big-screen TVs and projectors

The screen is housed in laser-engraved aluminium, with the WiFi model weighing 700g and the 3G  comes in at 730g.

The tablet runs on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor, which should be more than enough to power HD video, and all those Android apps and games.

There’s a rear-facing five-megapixel camera, capable of recording HD video, complete with LED flash. The Iconia Tab A500 doesn’t drag its megapixel feet on the front-facing camera, with a VGA-thrashing two-megapixel specimen.

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will be running on Acer’s tab, bringing a whole wealth of tablet tweaks and upgrades to the Google OS, including special tablet versions of YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Chat. (Google video-chat, anyone?)

It will also come with Acer’s integrated media sharing system, meaning you’ll be able to play videos and music across your network.

Audio-wise, the tablet itself will have Dolby Mobile technology, along with stereo speakers and the standard 3.5mm audio-jack. The 3260mAh battery will be capable of up to 10 hours of web-browsing, and up to eight hours of YouTube viewing- if connected to WiFi.

Acer promise that their battery will be able to charge up to 50% in under an hour for speedy top-ups.

The Iconia Tab A500 should be on sale April 2011.

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