Acer announced the Iconia Tab A501 10.1-inch tablet with AT&T 4G mobile broadband and Android (3.0) Honeycomb. Powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce GPU, customers can enjoy high-definition video, speedy browsing, multi-tasking, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications.
The Acer Iconia Tab A501's elegant aesthetics tout a high-gloss finish with an appealing engraved pattern for a flash of style. The Alpine Silver brushed metal aluminum chassis is comfortable to hold and carry. It's also very portable. The thin and light aluminum design weighs just 1.69 pounds and measures only 10.24(w) x 6.97(d) x 0.52(h)-inches, so it fits nicely in a hand bag, briefcase or backpack.
Designed for HD entertainment, the 10.1-inch capacitive touch-screen tablet is undeniably accurate and responsive. Its high-resolution 1280×800 TFT WXGA display provides an optimal 80-degree wide viewing angle and the high-color contrast allows customers to enjoy brilliant HD video in 16:10 aspect ratio. The ample 10.1-inch size is perfect for movies, games, social networking and scrolling through photos.
Dolby Mobile technology with heightened audio makes the tablet a convenient medium for listening to online music when connected to a pair of external portable speakers. Via its HDMI port, customers can also use the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to display full high-definition video on a high-definition big screen TV or monitor. The system offers a full size USB 2.0 port for hooking up peripherals and it also includes a Micro SDHC slot and micro USB port.
Two integrated easy-to-use cameras include a 5-megapixel rear-facing model with flash and auto-focus for capturing detailed, high-quality video and images. The 2-megapixel fixed-focused front-facing webcam enables video conferencing over wi-fi and records HD video and comments for capturing memories, which can be shared via social networking sites.
With its 10-point touch display and six-axis motion sensor meter control, this leading-edge tablet smoothly runs premium HD arcade and online games on par with high-end game consoles. The built-in GPS can be combined with various apps to enable customers to enjoy navigation and location-searches while traveling and driving. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.
Readers will appreciate that the new tablet comes pre-installed with Acer LumiRead and Google Books eReading apps. An ambient sensor enables the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to be used in many types of environments, while the integrated accelerometer allows auto-rotation between portrait and landscape modes for viewing movies, websites, games and more.
The Acer Iconia Tab A501 has long battery life with two 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries that provide up to eight hours of playback for casual games, eight hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of WiFi Internet browsing.
With two different models available, including one with 16GB of flash storage and another with 32GB, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 gives customers extremely fast access to programs and apps. The Micro-SD card reader supports user-supplied Micro-SD cards with capacity up to 32GB, so customers can download their own digital content, including videos, movies and eBooks.
Customers can connect to Wi-Fi networks via Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless technology. They can also set up multiple email addresses and view Microsoft Office documents using the trial version of the “Docs to Go” app for getting things done quickly.
Acer Iconia Tab A501 comes with Acer clear.fi, which connects with any other DLNA-compliant device to quickly and easily share digital media. It automatically detects clear-fi-enabled devices on the wireless home network (smartphones, notebooks, HD media players, etc.) and gathers and organizes media files by type (video, music, photo, pre-recorded TV).
Price and Availability
The Acer Iconia Tab A501 will be available in the U.S. at national retail stores on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 for $499.99 (16GB) or $549.99 (32GB).
AT&T will offer a discounted price of $329.99 after committing to a two-year agreement and a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan. Postpaid and prepaid data plans are also available from AT&T for $14.99 (250MB) or $25 (2GB).
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