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Acer Iconia W500 tablet now available

Acer’s first AMD Fusion-powered tablet now available in the States for $650

Previously announced for a UK and European release, the Acer Iconia W500 tablet is now ready for stateside customers.

The 10.1-inch W500 carries a 1280x800 resolution display, a 1GHz AMD Fusion C-50 processor, integrated Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 2GB RAM, 32 GB SSD, front and rear facing cameras, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The processor and OS alone should be enough to distinguish the tablet from the massive influx of Android-based systems currently in the market. In fact, the W500 is Acer’s first tablet powered by an AMD Fusion APU.

Overall, the 2.14 lbs (.95kg) and 0.6 inch (1.52cm) thick tablet should last up to 6 hours of normal use with its 6-cell battery and 4 hours on HD video playback.

The Iconia W500 should not be confused with the Android-equipped Iconia A500. The latter is expected to come sometime this second quarter for the U.S. under the AT&T network.

The tablet, including its proprietary keyboard dock, can be bought together for $650 on Amazon


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)