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Acer reveals Android 4.0 ICONIA TAB A200

by Steven Williamson on 5 December 2011, 13:37

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Acer has officially announced that its latest Android-powered tablet, the ICONIA TAB A200, will launch in the UK in early 2012.

Available in three flavours - titanium gray, metallic red, or black - the tablet boasts the latest Android 4.0 operating system (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) and is pitched at the family market, with Acer putting a firm emphasis on ICONIA’s social networking functionality and affordability.

The ICONIA packs an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as a gyrometer. It also hosts a fairly large 10.1 inch screen with a 1,280x800 resolution. Other features include a USB port for hooking up other devices, a MicroSD slot and a 2 megapixel front-facing web camera for face-to-face chats.



On the device, we can also expect Acer to include the SocialJogger app, which aggregates feeds from Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services.

Okay, so the ICONIA TAB A200 is hardly inspiring considering the likes of the quad-core ASUS Transformer Prime is on its way, but if it’s really as affordable as Acer claims it will be, then it might do well right at the start of 2012 as cash-strapped shoppers look to grab a bargain after the heavy expense of Christmas.

A firm release date and price for the ICONIA TAB A200 is expected shortly.


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The ICONIA packs an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as a gyrometer. It also hosts a fairly large 10.1 inch screen with a 1,280x800 resolution. Other features include a USB port for hooking up other devices, a MicroSD slot and a 2 megapixel front-facing web camera for face-to-face chats.
As you say, when we've got quad-core Transformer Prime's hitting the streets soon(?) then this looks a bit “thin” to say the least. Big thumbs up from me for the uSD and especially the USB expansion. Got both with my current Transformer, and both have proved most useful.

Not impressed with the “social integration” necessarily - think most big name devices do that pretty competently these days. Failing that dive into GMP and there's probably “an app for that”. ;)

As said in the article the key point is the price - if they could do this around the £200-250 mark then they might shift quite a few via the usual outlets. Only thing though, being an Acer, is it going to be built to last and will the documentation be up to scratch (had two Acers and both were shockingly flimsy and bereft of anything more than basic setup instructions - the lack of a “service manual” especially galling)?
£200 max for a “new” Tegra 2 tablet, surely? The tech is pushing a couple of years old now, and tablet simply don't shift in volume at higher prices than that unless they have an Apple painted on them. A tablet with no better specs than my phone? Only if it's cheap…