Acer has been itching to get into the tablet world for some time now, and it will finally have a product ready to compete. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 has been priced and dated, and even though the first version out will be just WiFi only, it looks to remain pretty competitive. The Iconia Tab A500 will launch at $450 on April 24th, with Best Buy being the exclusive place to get the device. The A500 is running Android 3.0 and boasts similar specs to the Motorola Xoom, albeit at a cheaper price. You'll find a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 250 SOC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 10.1" screen running at 1280x800, a 5 megapixel camera on the rear with a 2 megapixel camera up front, HDMI output, and a pair of 3260mAh batteries that Acer claims delivers up to eight hours of life while playing HD video.
16GB of storage is what Acer has planned for right now, however a 32GB version is expected before long. You can also expand the storage by utilizing the microSD card slot. The A500 weighs 1.62 pounds and is only 0.52" thin, plus it features an aluminum design which should provide a good bit of strength. Two full games are being included on the tablet when you get it, Need for Speed: Shift and Let's Golf, so you'll be able to see just how well it handles games. There are also a few applications pre-installed for ebooks and digital magazines so it seems Acer is trying to cater to a little bit of everyone with the A500.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 launches on April 24th for $450 exclusively at Best Buy. Later this summer mobile carriers are expected to carry it, presumably with 3G or 4G capabilities built-in.