Jan 05 AT 1:25 PM Edgar Cervantes 23 Comments

Acer Iconia Tab A200 to be released January 15 for $330, Android 4.0 update coming February


Acer has maintained itself as one of the most competitive in the tablet market. Not because of their great tablets, though most mid-to-high-end tablets had almost identical specs in 2011, but because of their prices. Acer has just announced the brand new Iconia Tab A200, and it looks like 2012 will be a good year for affordable tablets.

Later this year, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is predicting a price drop for Tegra 3 tablets to under $300. Things are not quite as beautiful yet, but we are getting there. This Tegra 2 device has a 2 MP front-facing camera, a 1280x800p resolution, and also comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port. Not to mention the fact that Acer is promising an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to come during mid-February.

The promise of having Android’s latest and greatest version makes a device much more desirable. What really makes this bad boy stand out from the crowd is its price, though. The A200 will run for $329.99 for the 8 GB version, while the 16 GB version will cost you $349.99. And if those internal storage options don’t tickle your fancy, the tablet also has a microSD slot for expansion.

That is about the most affordable upgrade we have seen. Getting twice the internal storage for an extra $20 is something that we definitely do not see often. Upgrades usually run for $50 at the least.

Regardless, both tablets are very affordable for what they offer. It will be a great deal for those that want Ice Cream Sandwich, but do not want to pocket out $500 for a device like the Transformer Prime, with its quad-core super-guts. If interested, the device will be released coming January 15, so stay tuned for more details. We will probably be playing around with this one at CES.

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Via: Engadget

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Samsung just lowered the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus down to $349. I think that is a better device at this price range.

    • Trinhbo

      The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is faster but this device is a 10″ tablet with a published upgrade plan for ICS. Samsung has yet to announce dates for ICS.

      • Andy_jr

        I agree. I prefer the 10″ format, and the promise of ICS makes a difference also.

        I’m not going to buy anything before the announcements at CES, but things are getting interesting!

        BTW, what is Acer’s policy on locked bootloaders?

        • Trinhbo

          AFAIK Acer uses a locked bootloader but I believe you can replace it with a custom bootloader and install your own custom roms based on what I’m seeing in the XDA forums for the A500.

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        As far as I read, Samsung is not planing to update their released tablets (like the GT-P7500) to IceCream Sandwich. This smells a lot like they are going to release some Tegra3 tablets soon. This is looking even more promising, since Google announced a tablet of their own.

        • Trinhbo

          Doubtful that Samsung will release a Tegra 3 based tablet next. Samsung has been working on their next iteration of their Enynos SoC so I think they’ll go with that.

  • ranwanimator

    I’ve never understood why doubling the storage space on some devices adds an extra $100. I’m looking at you Apple and ASUS. Flash memory isn’t THAT expensive is it? I can get a 32GB class 10 MicroSD card for $30.99 on amazon.

    • stenzor

      Yeah I agree.. I always buy the device with the lowest amount of storage (which is usually 16gb) if there is an MicroSD card slot

  • dacatalyst41

    I always ho low end on space too. I do want a 10 inch screen, but i want an uograde to jelly bean and beyond without being told my dual core wont cut it. I think i will stick with the Prime.

  • zyphbear

    This is a great starting price point and you do get a lot for it, I am also slightly concerned about how the build quality is on these devices since Acer was known for the netbook line EeePC, but many of them had build quality issues that creeped up anywhere from a month of ownership to a year or two.

    If they fixed their build quality, they can be a great contender in the Tablet race, especially at this price point.

    • kenny

      Though being a bit hefty, the build quality and durability on my A500 (after 6 months of ownership and mistreatment) is superb so my guess is that the A200 will follow suite.

    • kevind

      Asus is known for the netbook line EeePC, not Acer.

      Acer has Aspire, TravelMate, Gateway and a few others.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com pryvateid

    Hmm… Acer did you just win me over?

  • hurric

    who here thinks I’m going to regret buying a used (1 week old) galaxy tab 10.1 for $370 in a couple months (store 450)

  • txbluesman

    How cool is this! Seems every maker is getting quite crafty these days. We the consumers are getting many choices. The heat is on. Keep bringing ‘em cause this is FUN!

  • Marc’us H.

    Where’s the line start?

  • Steve

    Disappointing. This makes me believe Acer’s Tegra 3 tablet won’t be out soon (at least not before iPad 3)…

  • enoch161

    Is there a rear-facing camera?

  • aranea

    This is a good price for a solid spec’s. I love that they 10″. I’m looking for a tablet to buy for my parents. They aren’t power users so dual-core will be enough for them and ICS is the key. I’ll wait a little bit more to see if ICS promise is true though. Motorola promised GB upgrade before Atrix was released and it took them 6-7 months to get the upgrade out.

  • lokidokie

    Yawn. Next.

  • Hall Lo

    It’s good for its price, and good to know Acer already planned to have it updated in Feb!

  • William

    Thanks Edgar. This is a good price point, since the device was already a great deal before. I ran into someone in the train who had an Acer tablet and was viewing a movie at the time. He was very happy with his device, which he said he’d bought for $400.