Acer Iconia Tab A500 to sell for $450, pre-orders beginning April 14th

The 10.1-inch Acer tablet will be noticeably easier on the wallet compared to competing tablets.
Allen Ngo,

Acer’s latest 10.1-inch Iconia A500 tablet will be available for pre-order from Best Buy for a surprisingly lower than expected price of $450.

The A500 will feature a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 APU, 1280x800 resolution screen, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, HDMI-out, micro USB, front and rear cameras, and Android Honeycomb right out of the box. The specifications and included RAM are indeed impressive for a sub-$500 tablet.

Although only weighing 1.69 pounds, the Acer tablet will still be heavier than the 1.33 pound iPad 2, but the latter is also currently $50 more expensive. However, the price difference is noteworthy as the Iconia tablet will be noticeably undercutting the $500 price point. This may be one of the best ways to encourage sales as competing tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, RIM PlayBook, and HTC Flyer are expected to sell for $500 or above.

As announced at CTIA earlier this year, the A500 will also be appearing in a 4G variant for AT&T, appropriately called Iconia A501. In Europe, the same Acer tablet will be getting a rebranding as the Liberty Tab for Packard Bell.

U.S. preorders from Best Buy for the Iconia A500 begins April 14th, with shipment expected 10 days later on the 24th.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04- 1 (Update: 2020-04-16)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.