Packard Bell Rings Up Acer for European Tablet

Paul Lilly

Packard Bell is a name you probably haven't heard in awhile. Now a subsidiary of Acer, Packard Bell was once a major player in the U.S. desktop market, right up until the company packed its bags and left North America back in 2000. The general consensus among power users was 'good riddance,' and if you're still of that opinion, don't worry, Packard Bell isn't making its way back to the States. The company is, however, releasing a tablet in Europe that bears a striking resemblance to Acer's recently announced Iconia Tab A500.

Coincidence? We think not. According to , Packard Bell's Liberty Tab is a 10.1-inch tablet built around Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. It sports a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia, 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, HDMI, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, 3.5mm headphone jack, around 10 hours of battery life, and comes in Cherry Red or Pearl White.

Is it the Iconia Tab A500? We think so, though it does appear Packard Bell altered the casing just a tad. Otherwise, this appears to be the same slate.

The Liberty Tab will go on sale in Europe in June 2011, with pricing still to be determined.

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