We’re close followers of the FCC , because ultimately, they are the accrediting body that all glorious wireless electronics must pass through before they are received into the eager hands of tech-lovers. Back at Mobile World Congress 201 in Barcelona, Acer unveiled the Iconia A500 Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablet.
- The Acer Iconia A500 features virtually the same specs as its competitors:
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 10.1-inch display with 1280×800 resolution
- a front camera and 5MP rear camera
- Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Flash support.
The Acer Iconia A500 also has WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G. In our correspondence with them, they claim to have it being slated to be released in mid April, 2011. We recognize that Acer has always been a cost leader in the marketplace, and is likely to further contribute to the intensification of competition between the major players. The $469 price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9″, while competitive, is unlikely to remain firm. Thankfully, this is where competition will benefit us all – by driving down prices, and making manufacturers offer more for less.
What would be the sweet spot price for this tablet? How does $400 dollars sound? While it’s too early to tell – we wouldn’t be surprised. Acer, much like HTC, is a company from Taiwan. Taiwan is referred to in Asia as the “Boss Island,” or the Economic Tiger of Asia, and for good reason. Manufacturers there developed significant experience as OEM’s over the past three decades, and have recently made the jump to ODM, or Original Design Manufacturers. They are used to responding extremely quickly to market demands, and have proven themselves time and time again at being able to withstand the highly competitive mobile technology market.
Good things to come!
Acer plans to release the Iconia A500 Tab in April 2011.