Acer Iconia Tab A100, A500 and W500 tablets launched (again) (Update: Video)

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2 Mar, 2011 12:19 am


We saw these at Mobile World Congress when they announced the Acer Aspire One D257 and that is being followed by their trio of Iconia Tab tablets – the A100, A500 and W500. But we thought we’d give you another look at CeBit. The A100 and A500 are the same Slate Android device but the A100 is 7-inches, the A500 10-inch. The W500 that we saw show up in retail stores in Europe earlier today runs AMD Fusion and Windows and comes with a dock.

Both the A100 and A500 have HDMI, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1, Clear.Fi media sharing, 5.0MP rear / 2.0MP front cameras and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Both are due out in April with on official word on pricing yet. We saw the full specs for the W500 earlier today. The docking station / keyboard comes with an Ethernet and a single USB port. No official pricing for this but we did just see it pop up in stores for 499 euros.

Acer Iconia Tab A100

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  • 7-inch display
  • Tegra 2
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage

Acer Iconia Tab A500

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  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • Tegra 2
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16 and 32GB of storage

Acer Iconia Tab W500 (with keyboard dock)

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  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • AMD C-50 processor (which we’ve heard will have a 5W TDP version for tablets)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics
  • up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • Dolby Audio
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • Wi-Fi
  • HDMI
  • 3G
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3-cell battery
  • Windows 7
  • full sized keyboard dock

Source: Pocket-lint

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  • Paygan

    In the article you state “The W500 that we saw show up in retail stores in Europe earlier today runs Oak Trail and Windows ” but in the tech spec it says it uses AMD C-50. Is the one in the retail stores still using AMD C-50 not Oak Trail?

  • Anonymous

    There are supposed to be two versions. That seems stupid to me, though.

  • Anonymous

    The W500 with the Fusion APU needs to get in stock ASAP!

  • Paygan

    I agree, you’d think they would have differences in the name to reflect the difference in the hardware seeming as they already differentiate between the Android A500 and the W500. I guess they may add a suffix like W500-O and W500-F at the actual time of release.

    Personally I’m holding out for the Fusion version but I’m interested to see if the drop to 5w really doesn’t make any difference to the performance other than to limit the memory to be 2GB and reduce the ports possible as currently seems to be the suggestion. I’d love to see a couple of 3D benchmarks comparison against Oak Trail GMA600 vs Fusion (9 and/or 5 w) 6250 if anybody has any links (not that I’m looking for this thing to play Crysis)? From what I currently know Oak Trail looks to be a better performer for CPU tasks but Fusion seems to be a better all rounder as you’d expect from an APU.

  • Paygan

    Oh and I’d love to see the option for a 64GB SSD and to pay more. Without getting into the whole debate on Windows 7 doesn’t belong on a table, Windows is going to take up a whole lot of that 32GB. 64GB to me is the sweet spot on price – capacity

  • Haliotar

    Well this is one of the more interesting tablets.. good price as it include the docking station, and C-50 is one of my favourite processors currently. As it comes with the premium edition it’s a really good deal as you can sell that off for 100 bucks.

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, that should read AMD C-50 / Fusion instead of Oak Trail. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • ntsan

    3DMark there is no comparison, Oak trail is using the same GMA 500 but with 400Mhz instead of 200Mhz, and we know how crappy the GMA 500 are in 3DMark06 (ie less than 100!), so even double the clockspeed it will barely reach 200 marks, farcry of 1700 marks from C-50

  • Paygan

    That was my gut feel as well. It seems to me that both the Ocosmos OCS1and the Razer Switchblade would have been much better going with Fusion than Oak Trail but these are specifically designed for PC gamers. I, along with others I’m sure, would have considered both of these a possibility instead of the Acer due to the inclusion of portable controls had they had the C-50. I guess they partnered with the wrong team IMO. Now I’m holding out for this

  • Xoom

    I thing this new iPhone would be an impressive piece of technology..

  • Dendy Sutrisna

    Acer has succed to catch attention of mobile computer user. They know they will compete with Apple iPad wich controls 90 percent of the tablet market. I think they offered more choice to the market….A100, A500 or W500.

  • Dendy Sutrisna

     I’ve move my blog to new domain