Acer Iconia Tab A500 Rocks Android, Verizon 4G


Acer just announced a brand new Android Tablet called the Acer Iconia Tab that will not only give Android enthusiasts another option, but will also give Verizon something else to announce tomorrow at their slew of events and press conferences. The one seen left identifies windows, but trust us, there is an Android version of the Iconia TAB.

The company published a press release, posted below, but first I’ll help you out with the highlights:

  • Verizon 4G LTE connectivity
  • Latest version of Android (not sure if that means 2.2 or 2.3)
  • Acer UI 4.5
  • Media Share feature
  • HDMI port
  • 1080p output
  • 10.1-inch screen
  • Only 13.3mm thick!
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor
  • Flash 10.1

And the press release:

Acer’s New ICONIA Tab A500 to Support Gamers and Mobile Consumers on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Acer announced today that the new Acer ICONIA Tab A500 will be showcased with Verizon Wireless at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

Providing the backbone for the United States’ fastest, most advanced mobile network, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE ensures an improved end-user experience, including fast navigation and high-definition media streaming. The 4G LTE technology will be showcased on the ICONIA Tab A500 at the Verizon Wireless booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center) at CES with a live demo.

“Innovation is in our DNA,” said Campbell Kan, vice president of Acer’s Smart Handheld BU. “We are proud to once again offer users the most advanced technologies. With the ICONIA Tab A500 supporting 4G LTE, users will be able to wirelessly navigate, download or stream as seamlessly as they do with a wired connection. This is indeed another step toward a truly mobile Internet experience.”
Sleek, smart and full of innovative features, the ICONIA Tab A500 will be equipped with the latest highly intuitive Android OS and Acer UI 4.5 to reach a whole new level of interactivity. What’s more, the media sharing system will be preloaded on the device to easily access, play and share multimedia across the home network and to instantly publish updates to social media networks.

Designed for HD entertainment, this tablet comes with a high-resolution, high color contrast display, allowing users to play or share HD video with friends on the go. Complete with a built-in HDMI port and 1080p output, it may also be used to enjoy HD content in full HD on a big-screen TV or monitor.

The 10.1″ full capacitive touch screen ensures an optimal on-screen experience from every angle. Aluminum casing provides a cool look and feel, while its high-gloss finish decorated with an engraved pattern demonstrates subtle sophistication. Despite being just 13.3mm thick, it’s powerful enough to provide fun and productivity in any location.

One of the tablet’s most impressive features is its ability to run and play premium HD arcade games and complex online 3D games, thanks to the 10-point multi-touch and gyro meter control, which guarantees an entertainment experience on par with the best game consoles.

The ICONIA Tab A500 will be equipped with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1.0Ghz processor with Flash 10.1 support for optimized HD Web experience, 3D gaming and multimedia playback anywhere. For seamless communication, it also features the SkyCross antenna and ZTE LTE wireless module.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

We can’t wait to check this out! Stay tuned for details.

Rob Jackson
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  1. GOD DAMN!!
    i feel sorry for all the iphone/ipad people that try to battle me with tech at work. this week is going to hurt!!

  2. Verizon is getting in really deep this year. It could be a make or break moment for them. Let’s hope Sprint can come up with something better than the shift and ATT can keep up all of them.

  3. Two screens? WHA?!!

  4. Dual screen, dual boot, dual core. Dual price? That’s the important question!

  5. the windows version of this thing was badass, i mentioned it yesterday on a post, its 1300 for that but has tricked out specs i5 processor and 4gb ram etc, I AM GETTING THIS.

  6. Clearly the picture has nothing to do with the Android Tab 500. The Android tab is a regular single-screen tablet. The one pictured is a dual-screen Windows 7 tablet/netbook. The bottom screen can become a touch keyboard.

  7. The article implies no wi-fi only, as I expect if this is a Verizon only device they definatly would not sell wi-fi only versions.

    Tablets with out Wi-Fi only versions are a bad idea, there are only a few reasons to get a device with a mobile connection, for most of us it’s not worth it.

  8. Please don’t post specs without a price. It doesn’t matter if this thing cleans and cooks if it’s going to cost an arm and a leg.

  9. I wouldn’t mind a big price if it’s not another iPad.
    Tired of “cool” gadget that quickly ends up a display piece.

  10. No price….I agree. Also don;t post spec without an expected battery life. Doesn’t metter if it has dual core, quad core…1000 core processor if it only has a 2 hour battery life.

  11. didn’t even read the article, all I needed to know was it is an ACER. Before you buy, read their warranty policy and see if you are covered for everything that comes with the device and is their any CHARGES during the warranty period. Verify is it SOFTWARE and HARDWARE or is it just HARDWARE. Based on the support or lack of they provide to my ACER laptop well under a year, I could highly predict their will be no upgrade to Android 3.X.

  12. I don’t mind it running on both OSes. Easily switch from Android to Window 7. Hmmmm hybrid anyone?


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