It’s pretty clear that AT&T isn’t relying on the iPhone and iPad any longer: with other carriers announcing Android Honeycomb tablets left and right, AT&T finally came to the table with an offering of their own. Kind of.
In a press release, AT&T announced they’ll soon carry the Acer Iconia Tab A501. With a 10-inch screen, 1GHz dual core processor and Android 3.0, they claim the Iconia Tab A501 will be Acer’s first 4G Tablet. Kind of. In reality we already knew Verizon would be launching a nearly identical 4G Android tablet called the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and we even got hands-on with it at Mobile World Congress:
I’m pretty fearful for Acer and other hopeful Android tablet producers. It seems even Motorola – whose XOOM has gotten more hyped than most other Android tablets combined – has been unable to land a sensation in this product category. Neither Verizon or Motorola are releasing numbers so we’re left to guess, but most rumors and reports are pointing to less than stellar sales figures.