Jan 24 AT 2:20 PM Edgar Cervantes 22 Comments

Acer A510 tablet hitting Europe in April with Tegra 3, Android 4.0


This bad boy was one of the most exciting things we saw at CES. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 was an unannounced tablet then, and it was not a bad one. Well, the tablet has finally been announced at a pre-CeBIT event in Germany. It’s being released in Europe the following April at a price of €500.

When we saw this tablet at NVIDIA’s booth, it left a rather good impression on us. The representatives were not able to tell us anything about the unannounced 10.1-inch tablet (1280x800p). We now know that it packs a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor (quad-core), 1 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of internal storage. Ports include a microSD card slot, a mini-USB port and a mini-HDMI port.

Acer has also announced a version with 3G connectivity, called the Acer Iconia Tab A511. It was not mentioned whether this tablet would be released along with the WiFi models or not.

We know 500 Euros is not very cheap, but the tablet should not feature the same price when it hits the States. The tablet market is in the middle of an interesting transition here in the US. Acer has been offering the same specs as ASUS for about the same price, and we assume this tablet will come at a price similar to the $500 Transformer Prime. But it is hard to compete with ASUS offering its 7-inch Tegra 3 MeMo 370T for only $250.

For now, all we can do is sit tight and wait for Acer to announce the A510′s price and availability for America. Welcome to the year of the quad-core tablets. Let’s see what the future holds. What price-point would convince you to purchase the A510?

Via: The Verge

Source: Netbook Italia

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  • cwjones4

    this thing has to hit near the transformer prime price or it’s DOA in the states

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      My thoughts exactly, if they want to steal some Transformer Prime customers they will either need to price it similarly (or less) or have more features than the Prime.

      I just got my Prime in yesterday and it’s absolutely gorgeous (64GB champagne). I am so happy I decided on that color, it is not near as gaudy as I thought it might be from the photos. The pics really don’t do it justice, AT ALL.

      • delinear

        Asus did a great job of forcing down prices in the netbook market without sacrificing build quality or features and hopefully we’ll see the same in the tablet market as other manufacturers try to compete.

        • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

          At $500 and 600 it’s still a tad bit on the pricey side – most people will argue that a netbook can do more and costs less. While this may be true, it still doesn’t have the form factor of a tablet (i.e. ease of use/operation/mobility) and the high end tablets have dual and quad core processors now that can get most tasks (i.e. what netbooks are for in the first place) done while on the go.

          That being said, I have no qualms about the $599 price tag from Amazon for mine. Worth every penny. Maybe I don’t have any problems with $599 because I was one of the idiots who bought a Xoom for $800!!! But I don’t regret it since I passed it down to my uncle and he is loving it. Worth every penny in that regard.

      • Matthew O’Leary

        I’ve had my champagne 32gb for a few weeks now – seems like most of the newer units are without bugs (other than mostly weak GPS) – and couldn’t find a dock until this past weekend, and only grey(purple) at that – but let me tell you, they look beautiful together! If you want a dock and can’t find the champagne, go with two-tone, it’s awesome! :)

        • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

          I thought about the two tone, but it turned out my girlfriend ordered me one for Christmas. Only problem is, it’s still on backorder! But it should be getting here by the end of the month, in Champagne gold no less. I can’t wait to plug up an Xbox or PS3 controller and play GTAIII! (assuming it has controller support)

          I have noticed the wifi signal strength seems to be a tad lower than it should, given my location relative to the router since I’ve had it the last few days, but it has worked flawlessly since I’ve gotten it. I’m so impressed with Asus having the ICS update as fast as they did for mass consumption. Everyone else should be ashamed that they haven’t gotten their devices (well, a majority of) up to ICS!

  • uknowme

    I’m thinking between $450-600 and it will do ok.

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  • Trinhbo

    Anything north of $500 is NOT okay. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1″ is arguably the best selling Android tablet on the market to date and it is sold at that price. However, the best selling Android tablet still falls millions of units short of how many iPad 2s are being sold.

    For a high-end, full-featured tablet, if you want it to actually sell well you’ll need to price it aggressively probabaly $450 or less. The closer it gets to $400 the more attractive it looks. Imagine if it was listed at $420 or $430? Doesn’t that sound so much appealing than $500?

  • Oskar Wismierski

    500 euro is way to much.. Especially when asus is promising much cheaper tegra 3 tablets

  • ondore

    I will buy MeMo 370T for traveling plus gaming and later get something like Prime with kbd and 12″ screen. Do you think any producer will offer it?

  • Hall Lo

    Hmmm lower the price a bit and it sure can be a transformer prime competitor!

  • Hue Three of Five

    Can this thing run Adobe Indesign, Illustrator or Dreamweaver? Can it run cool edit or FL studios? No it can’t, but a laptop of lower price can.

  • Alik Parks

    After holding the A510 and Prime at CES…. I would think they would need to price the A510 at least 10% under the prime to make good traction.

    The Prime has a much better feel and look to it. That said the A510 should have much better GPS and Wifi performance.

  • Ed

    To all who say Acer should price this below the Prime:

    I think you’re all wet.

    Yes, chances are the Asus will feel a little sturdier in the hand. But the Acer has a MUCH higher-resolution screen. For myself, personally, the screen is the biggest drawback of my A500. I wish I had gotten the original Transformer instead of this A500, BUT in round 2 Acer’s screen should blow the doors off the Transformer Prime.

    For this reason alone I would be willing to pay more for the Acer than the Asus. In any case, I don’t see why it should cost LESS.

    • delinear

      Aren’t they both 1280×800 (at least according to the article)?

    • Matthew O’Leary

      My ASUS Prime is 1280×800, as is this tablet.

  • spazby

    I will buy it if it is $325 or below

  • vid500

    The prices for all electronic goods are € = $. And becouse I’m from Europe I do not like it, but I guess for you it’s briliant. For me it is a good price, but I’m still weating for the new Transformer P to hit the marcets.

  • droilfade

    If no quality issues….I think I’ll go for this….

  • honourbound68

    Wonder if it will still have proprietary charging port. If Acer wants to compete, they have to offer this at better price than Asus or have more compelling features. Good luck Acer

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