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TAIWANESE HARDWARE OUTFIT Acer has announced that its Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet will go on sale in the UK on 8 April starting at £449, followed by the Iconia Tab A100 in May, which will also run Android.
At yesterday's briefing in London, Acer showed off its range of tablets, which include 10-inch and 7-inch Android models and a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet, the model W500.
The 10-inch A500 Android tablet will be available in the UK from retailers such as Amazon, Comet, John Lewis, HMV and Harrods. The three tablets will initially be available as WiFi only models with 3G alternatives coming around a month later.
A 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM will be at the core of the A500 with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. The A500 will be trimmer than its Windows 7 alternative the W500, weighing 730g, and it will be 13.3mm thick, compared to the W500's 970g and 15.95mm.
The A500 will come with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front webcam as well as HDMI, Bluetooth and a microSDHC slot. Acer says the battery will last up to 10 hours.
Android 2.2 was loaded on the A500 yesterday but Acer has said the device will ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This could be put in jeopardy by Google's recent announcement of a delay in releasing Honeycomb.
The A100, which is a smaller 7-inch version of the A500, will also ship with Honeycomb but won't be available until some time in May for around £329. µ
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