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Acer Iconia Tab A501 Honeycomb Tablet to Arrive on AT&T This Sunday with HSPA+ Support

September 12, 2011

Acer America announced today that the “4G”-enabled model of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 will be available to U.S. customers through retail and channel partners starting this September 18. The tablet carries radios compatible with AT&T’s HSPA+ network. Acer has announced that the AT&T variant will be called the Acer Iconia Tab A501.

Acer’s press release mentions a suggested retail price of US$500 (for the 16-GB model and USD$550 for the 32-GB model) for the Honeycomb tablet. However, Engadget reports that AT&T will only be selling the 16-GB model for US$330 with two-year contract or US$480 with no contract.

Apart from HSPA+ connectivity, pretty much every other spec for the Iconia Tab A501 is similar to that of the Iconia Tab A500 that Acer released last April this year.

Unlike most other Honeycomb tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 has a full-size USB 2.0 port. It is a 10.1-inch tablet with Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on top of a dual-core, 1.0-GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. An update to Android 3.1 Honeycomb is also planned for over-the-air delivery, although no time frame has been mentioned.

Major spec highlights for the Acer Iconia Tab A501 include the following:

  • 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen (1280×800 resolution)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • microSD and microSDHC expansion slots
  • 5-megapixel primary camera (720p video recording)
  • 2-megapixel secondary camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0 support
  • HDMI
  • 3260 mAh Li-ion battery pack (up to 8 hours on casual games or HD video playback, and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi browsing)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 also has access to NVIDIA’s curated store of hi-definition games optimized for the Tegra processor via the Tegra Zone.

Who wants to have a bit of this delicious Honeycomb tablet?