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Report: Acer Iconia Tablets Delayed Until May

April 15, 2011

By Damon Poeter

The Easter Bunny may have to wait until next year for an Acer Iconia Tab A500 or W500—the release of both tablets has reportedly been delayed until May 1.

"Confirmed delays" to Acer's Google Android-based Iconia Tab A500 and Microsoft Windows-based Iconia Tab W500 have pushed back the originally planned release date for those tablets by nearly a month, the Inquirer reported Wednesday.

In March, Acer said Iconia Tab A500 and W500 tablets would go on sale in the U.K. on April 8, according to the Inquirer.

The computer maker last week began taking online pre-orders through Best Buy for the 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Announcing the start of online pre-orders last Friday, Acer said the media tablet was set to go on sale in Best Buy stores on April 24.

As of Thursday, Best Buy was still promising an April 24 or 25 delivery date for Iconia Tab A500 tablets pre-ordered on the site and shipped via the $30 express option.

The $500 Wi-Fi-enabled tablet is powered by Nvidia's 1-GHz Tegra 250 Cortex A9 dual-core processor with integrated GeForce graphics and has 16 GB of storage and 1 GB of memory. The Iconia Tab A500 features include HD gaming, 1080p video and the ability to run multiple applications and digital media playback at the same time.

Acer said the release version of the tablet is also preloaded with two full versions of the games Need for Speed: Shift and Let's Golf. Also included are the Acer LumiRead and Google Books eReading apps for eBooks, as well as the Zinio reader for digital magazines.

Acer's Android tablet weighs in at 1.69 pounds and measures half an inch in width. The Iconia Tab A500 has a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera to enable videoconferencing in addition to making videos and taking photos. Other features include built-in GPS and integrated Bluetooth, as well as a built-in HDMI port for sharing Blu-ray-quality video with other devices.

Acer is promising battery life of up to 10 hours when the Iconia Tab A500 is used for browsing the Internet. Running video games or HD video non-stop will knock a a couple of hours off the tablet's uptime.

A smaller Android tablet, the 7-inch Iconia Tab A100, will still come out in May as originally scheduled, according to the Inquirer. But the A100, intended to run Android 3.0, was still running Android 2.2 this week when the Inquirer saw it—just as it was back in February when PCMag.com reviewed it along with the A500 and Iconia Smart smartphone.

 




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