There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
TAIWANESE PC MAKER Acer is at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona showing off its touchscreen 10.1-inch tablet computer with Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.
The device, called the Iconia Tab A500, is sleek and smart according to the firm and will make the most of the Honeycomb OS, as well as multimedia and user friendly features.
The tablet, which was first suggested earlier this month, runs the dual-core Nivida Tegra 2 chip, which should boost multi-tasking, while its high definition WXGA screen will let users point at things on the Internet or watch HD videos wherever and whenever they fancy. Content can also be viewed on televisions and other displays through the tablet's HDMI port and HD 1080p output.
In fact Acer said that the tablet is designed for use with rich multimedia entertainment, including console-like gaming, and has wide viewing angles and high colour accuracy.
Casing enthusiasts will be wondering what the unit is housed in, and the answer is aluminium. Acer polished this information with the news that the 13.3mm thick tablet had a high gloss finish and laser engraved textures.
The unit also boasts a 5MP rear-facing camera and a front-facing HD lens, as well as WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity.
Along with the Green Goblin's Tegra 2 CPU, the A500 also has an Nvidia GeForce GPU with support for Flash 10.1. Again, this is expected to boost multimedia playback.
As we reported in January the Honeycomb based tablet will be released in April. Pricing however, remains elusive. µ
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