Preview: Acer IconiaTab A510 Android 4.0 tablet (available for pre-order today)

March 22, 2012
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Acer Iconia Tab A510

The list of tablets featuring NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor is slowly but steadily extending and here’s another one joining this illustrious group. Acer announced that the Acer Iconia Tab A510 is available for pre-order starting today.

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 was first introduced to us at CES, at the NVIDIA booth, to showcase NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, but Acer had been relatively silent about this device. This 10.1-inch tablet features a 1280×800 vanilla LCD screen which, while not quite IPS, has a certain attraction to it. The first Acer tablet to feature Android 4.0 right out of the box, the A510 is billed as the successor to the Acer Iconia Tab A500, released last year.

Other specifications include:

  • 1.3 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • Android 4.0 OS
  • 10.1-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1280×800 screen resolution
  • 32GB built in memory, expandable to 32GB with SD card
  • 5 MP with flash rear camera, 2 MP  front camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Mini USB port, HDMI out port
  • 9,800 mAH battery


Most specifications are “standard” for a high-end ICS device these days, but the Iconia stands out through its generous 9,800 mAH battery. Housing such a big battery is bound to affect the form factor, hence the slightly bulky line of the deviece. On the flip side, the Iconia Tab A510 can do 12 hours of video playback, which is slightly better than the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The Acer slate features Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with Acer’s UI, which is a minimalistic skin that gives users easy access to their apps. Apart from the standard set of media software,  pre-loaded software includes Polaris Office 3.5. If you are curious about the Olympics Games logo at the back, that is mostly because of Acer’s sponsorship of the London 2012 games. Whether the logo will be available in production units sold after said games is unknown, and a bit unlikely.

The ever-growing list of Android tablets (220 says Apple) is bound to create confusion among consumers. So here’s the essential thing you should know about the Acer Iconia Tab A510: if price, performance, and battery life are your main priority, this tablet,  priced at a relatively low $449.99,  is the device for you.

The Acer Iconia A510 Tab is available for pre-order now in the US and Canada, but actual shipping dates are yet to be  confirmed.

Here is a short video of a Acer Iconia Tab A510 hands-on at CES 2012, courtesy of Phandroid.com:

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