It’s been about a month since we last saw the A200 passing through Bluetooth SIG, and while at the time much was unknown about Acer’s newest A series tablet, we’ve now received an official announcement from Acer giving us the lowdown. The Acer Iconia A200 tablet is a 10.1″ (not 8.9″ like we speculated) WXGA tablet that will be running Android 3.2 at launch with Ice Cream Sandwich set to land sometime early 2012. Inside, the A200 has a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and will be available in either a 8GB or 16GB version. The A200 also features a 2MP front facing camera, full-size USB port, microSD card slot and Li-Po 3260 mAh battery.
I’m seeing mostly “last year’s” hardware on this thing so I’m guessing this will be a low-cost tablet solution, competing with the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire. If this thing comes in anywhere above $299 it will just become another DOA tablet lost in the shuffle. Since we haven’t heard anything on price (or when and where it will ship), we’ll just have to hope Acer does the right thing instead of following in the footsteps of so many others who have failed at the pricing game.
There you have it folks, the Acer Iconia A200. Check out the demo video and the full presser below and tell us what you think.
[spoiler show=”Press Release”]Acer Presents the ICONIA TAB A200
The tablet for sharing good times with family at an affordable price
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (December 2, 2011) — Acer Inc. announces the release of the ICONIA TAB A200, the company’s latest tablet. Ideal for sharing good times via gaming, e-books, movies, music, photography, social networking and more, this tablet is an amazing hub of activity for people of all ages, and it comes at a very affordable price. Shipments in select countries include the Android 3.2 OS (code named Honeycomb) beginning in November. Shipments with Android 4.0 (code named Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS) will start in January 2012 worldwide. A free ICS upgrade to current ICONIA TAB A200 users will also be made available at that time.
Priced right and looking sleek from all angles, the ICONIA TAB A200 stands out in Titanium Gray or Metallic Red. The rear side is soft to the touch and features an eye-catching pattern. Made especially for multimedia enjoyment, this tablet packs hardware and apps for loads of fun. Visuals are fantastic on the generous 10.1″ multitouch screen, and even thrilling games run smoothly thanks to the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 Dual Core 1 GHz processor and gyrometer.
The ICONIA TAB A200 improves multitasking with the Acer Ring interface for setting easy-access apps from any screen. It also features Screenshot, which quickly captures web images, articles, Google Maps and even smiling faces from video calls. Screenshot can be used in any app on any screen for maximum convenience.
Adapted perfectly for mobility, this tablet has a full-size USB port for hooking up other devices and a MicroSD slot for passing data. A 2 MP web camera enables face-to-face chats for keeping friends and family close at hand wherever you are. Whether on the road or at home, sharing multimedia is easy; you can read an e-book or watch a streaming movie, anytime. For enhanced social networking the ICONIA TAB A200 includes Acer SocialJogger, which consolidates Facebook, Twitter and more.[/spoiler]