The days of having to spend a small fortune in order to have a tablet that doesn't suck are over. With the introduction of the Iconia Tab A200, Acer throws its hat into the ring of low(er) cost slates. It's priced at $330, and while that's higher than Amazon's Kindle Fire ($199) and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet ($249), the A200 is a full-size slate measuring 10.1 inches with a promised upgrade path to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
"The Acer Iconia Tab family of tablets is an excellent example of Acer’s ability to deliver high-performance, full-function mobile devices at unbeatable values," said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. "Acer brings the Iconia Tab A200 to consumers at an affordable price, without making sacrifices on key tablet features such as expansion, connectivity to other devices, HD displays and cameras."
On paper, the A200 brings it. Wrapped in a slim, titanium gray-colored casing, the A200 weighs 1.5 pounds and wields an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. The 10.1-inch screen boasts a 1280x800 resolution and can serve up to eight hours of visuals. Other notable specs include 1GB of DDR2 memory, 2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot, dual speakers with stereo sound, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 1 x micro USB 2.0 port, 1 x full size USB 2.0 port, G-sensor, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Iconia Tab A200 will be available in the U.S. on January 15 in 8GB (A200-10g08u, $330) and 16GB (A200-10g16u, $350) flavors.
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