Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Order at Best Buy

Posted by at 10:06 am on April 8, 2011

Acer today debuts the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in the United States and announces that it is available for pre-order online exclusively from Best Buy. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is the company’s first 10.1-inch tablet running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) for North America.

The 10.1-inch capacitive touch-screen tablet delivers has a resolution 1280×800 TFT WXGA with 80-degree wide viewing angle. On the 16:10 aspect ratio screen you can watch HD 720 video. Dolby Mobile technology completes the entertainment experience with heightened audio.

The tablet is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 250 Cortex A9 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce GPU which supports HD gaming, 1080P video with built-in HDMI port and faster browsing, as well as running multiple applications, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications. The tablet also comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB integrated 16GB of flash storage. There is also Micro-SD card reader supports up to 32GB Micro-SD cards. A model with storage capacity of 32GB is planned.

Mobile Features

The tablet supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. You can even open and view Microsoft Office documents using the trial version of the “Docs to Go”.

The two webcams boost customers’ ability to stay in touch. The 5MP rear-facing camera has a flash and is auto-focusing, so it captures excellent video and images. The 2MP fixed-focused front-facing webcam is ideal for video conferencing. you can utilize the built-in GPS with various apps to enjoy navigation and location-searches while traveling and driving. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

Mobile Entertainment and Fun; Two Great Games Included

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 can be used in a range of environments thanks to its ambient light sensor. The integrated accelerometer provides auto-rotation between portrait and landscape modes for viewing movies, websites, games and more.

One of the tablet’s most impressive features is its ability to run and play premium HD arcade games and complex online games. The 10-point touch display and six-axis motion sensing gyro meter control provide an entertainment experience on par with the best game consoles. Plus, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 comes with two full versions of leading games already on it. “Need for Speed: Shift” gives customers a sense of exhilarating speed and power as they “steer” the ultra-responsive tablet to maneuver through courses with dynamic HD graphics. In “Let’s Golf,” customers choose their character and swing for a hole in one on a variety of courses from around the word in vibrant color.

Taking along hundreds of books and magazines is easy with the Acer Iconia Tab A500. The tablet supports eReading and comes pre-installed with Acer LumiRead and Google Books eReading apps for enjoying eBooks, while Zinio is pre-installed for reading full-color digital magazines.

Clear.fi for Digital Media Sharing

Acer clear.fi is installed on the Acer Iconia Tab A500 to connect it with any other DLNA-compliant device to quickly and easily share digital media. Clear.fi automatically connects all Acer devices on a network (smartphones, notebooks, desktops, HD media players and storage devices) and then gathers and organizes media files by type (video, music, photo, pre-recorded TV)

All in a Light Weight Package

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 comes in an Alpine Silver brushed metal aluminum chassis which hits the scales at only 1.69 pounds and measures only 0.52-inches thin. It measures 10.24(w) x 6.97(d) x 0.52(h)-inches

The system’s two 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries provide up to eight hours of playback for casual games, eight hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of WiFi Internet browsing.

Options for Acer Iconia Tab A500

  • The full-sized dedicated keyboard connects to the tablet via Bluetooth to boost productivity. MSRP is $69.99.
  • The dock with IR remote securely holds the Acer Iconia Tab A500 into a secure position with two tilt angles. The dock charges the unit and includes a connection for an external speaker or headphone. MSRP is $79.99.
  • The sleek protective case guards the tablet without adding weight or bulk. It allows access to the connectors and ports, while also propping it up in two positions while on a desk or nightstand. MSRP is $39.99.
  • The Americas power adapter set comes with three connectors used in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. MSRP is $29.99.

Price and Availability

A Best Buy exclusive, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 with WiFi is now available for pre-order online at bestbuy.com and may be pre-ordered in stores beginning April 14. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 with WiFi will be available in stores and online beginning April 24. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $449.99.

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