Acer Iconia Tab A200 Rocks a Tegra 2 Processor, Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Path

Paul Lilly

Acer tells us its upcoming Iconia Tab A200 will debut "at an affordable price," a claim that's impossible to substantiate until the company actually announces how much it will cost (which it hasn't). What we do know, however, is that it will come packing an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) out of the gate in...November? Perhaps Acer has discovered time travel.

Or not. Either the A200 is already shipping in select territories, or that was a typo in the press release (we're currently awaiting a reply from Acer). In any event, shipments of A200 sporting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will commence in January 2012 worldwide, and current owners will get a free upgrade to ICS at that time.

"Priced right and looking sleek from all angles, the Iconia Tab A200 stands out in Titanium Gray or Metallic Red," Acer says. "The rear side is soft to the touch and features an eye-catching pattern. Made especially for multimedia enjoyment, this tablet packs hardware and apps for loads of fun. Visuals are fantastic on the generous 10.1-inch multitouch screen, and even thrilling games run smoothly thanks to the Nvidia Tegra™ 2 Dual Core 1GHz processor and gyrometer."

While Acer is being coy about specific pricing, we'd be shocked if the A200 wasn't cheaper than the Eee Pad Transformer Prime from Asus, a $500 tablet featuring Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 3 processor.

The A200 will come equipped with a full-size USB port, a microSD card slot, 2MP front-facing camera for video chat, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of eMMC storage, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Acer DLNA sharing, and support for services like Netflix, Google Music, and more.

Image Credit: Acer

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