Acer Launches Tab A500
By Doug Olenick On Apr 18 2011 - 4:01am
SAN JOSE, CALIF. –
Acer has begun selling its
Iconia Tab A500 tablet PC exclusively through
The Wi-Fi-only A500 carries a $449 suggested retail
and runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating
system. The lithium-ion batteries can supply power for
eight hours of HD video playback or 10 hours of Internet
The tablet runs on an Nvidia Tegra 250 1GHz dualcore
processor and has as integrated GeForce graphics
processor that runs a 720p 10.1-inch display. The
A500 also supports Flash 10.1. It has front- and rearfacing
5- and 2-megapixel cameras.
There is 16GB of flash storage and a MicroSD card
slot that can take a 32GB MicroSD card. Later generations
of the A500 will be upgraded to include 32GB of
onboard flash storage.
Internet connectivity is handled via Wi-Fi, and there
is built-in GPS with bundled navigation apps.
The A500 weighs 1.69 pounds and is about half an
The tablet comes preloaded with Google’s eReader
book apps and Zinio software for reading full-color
There are several accessories now available for the
A500, including a full size keyboard, $69.99; and a
two-position dock with charger and a connection for
external speakers or headphones for $79.99.