Recently an unannounced Acer tablet called the Iconia Tab A200 showed up at the FCC. The tablet appears to have a 10 inch display, a super-slim case that’s just 0.28 inches thick, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. That’s about all we know for certain, but French site Tablette-Tactile may have uncovered a new photo of the tablet, as well as some more details.
The tablet will reportedly be a low cost alternative to Acer’s pricier A500 series tabelts. It will be available with 8GB or 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot as well as micro USB host port. The tablet is said to have a 1280 x 800 pixel display.
Since this is likely to be a budget tablet, Tablette-Tactile says it will come with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. While that was a state-of-the-art chip earlier this year, NVIDIA’s 1 GHz processor is starting to look a little long in the tooth.
The chip maker recently launched a new 1.4 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor which offers better performance while using less power.
The upcoming Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A511 tablets are expected to have 10 inch displays and Tegra 3 chips. They’ll also probably carry higher price tags than the A200.
It’s not entirely clear why Acer is launching a new 10 inch model instead of just continuing to sell the Iconia Tab A500 which launched this summer. It also has a 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 1 GB of RAM, and NVDIA Tegra 2 chip. But it also has a thicker case than the Iconia A200 and comes with 16GB to 32GB of storage.
via Notebook Italia
Well, a few months ago voices from Acer suggested that “tablets” were a fad and sales had likely peaked. It seems that many consumer are more interested in a Windows 8 slate than what Android currently has to offer, and it appears as though Acer is relatively disinterested in cultivating sales in this segment of the market. Acer has also seen improvements in its netbook sales in recent months, so maybe there’s actually something behind this opinion that points to its factuality.
How can “many consumers” be interested in something that won’t even exist for nearly another year? Microsoft doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to mobile operating systems.
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