Acer today did something it's never done before. The company launched its first quad-core tablet in North America, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. It's also one of just a handful of Android devices running the latest build of Google's open source operating system, version 4.0, or more deliciously known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
The Iconia Tab A510 is a 10.1-inch tablet with 32GB of built-in storage. It doesn't have a so-called Retina-class display like the new iPad, though it does wield a 1280x800 screen resolution (16:10) and 85-degree viewing angle. The A510 also boasts a built-in micro HDMI port, micro USB 2.0 port, 1GB of RAM, microSD card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 1MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, and a 9800mAh battery good for up to 11 hours of video playback via Wi-Fi and up to 13 hours of video playback via local storage.
For those of you who plan to be productive in between sessions of Angry Birds and Facebooking, the A510 comes with the full suite of Polaris Office 3.5, which is compatible with Microsoft Office and allows reading and editing of various document formats. Acer's Air Print technology is also part of the deal and allows users to print wirelessly from their tablet.
You can preorder the Iconia Tab A510 now for $450, though Acer didn't say exactly when it will ship.