Last Updated: April 29th, 2011

Just last week we reported the first reasonably priced Android tablet, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer, and it already looks like the competition is going to get thick where pricing is concerned. Acer has officially announced its Iconia A500 tablet, which will be hitting the Best Buy sales floor on April 24th for a cool $449. This brings it in at $50 above the rumored price of the Transformer, but still $150 less than the almost-equally-spec'd Motorola XOOM.

If you haven't heard anything about the Iconia A500, here's the skinny:

  • 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 10.1 inch, 1280x800 screen
  • 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera
  • 16GB built-in storage (a 32GB model is in the works)
  • SD Card slot that supports up to 32GB
  • Stock, vanilla Android 3.0

If you plan on picking this little gem up and want to make sure you get it on launch day, you can pre-order it right now through Best Buy's website. For more info on the Iconia A500, hit the source link for the full press release.

Source: Acer

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  • Donatom3

    The xoom has 32gb of storage this has 16gb. If the Xoom follows the same pricing scheme as the ipad which it seems like it does so far a 16gb xoom could be speculated to cost $499 making the Acer only $50 less. Of course with SD card slots, you can add memory to the Acer so you don't have to buy the 32gb if you think you may need that space in the future.

  • brad

    Finally. I almost went to buy an Ipad2, And I HATE APPLE.

    But now, its the asus for me. But finally, after months of waiting, android tablets that we have a choice of.

  • Lou

    Most of these tablets should be no more than $400. No GSM radio and built on free software should never sell above $400

  • Philip

    Please don't forget that there are much cheaper alternatives out there. Although not boasting the same specs, the new Archos Arnova 10 is a complete bargain at its sub $200 pricetag ($187.06 on Amazon today). It's got 10" 1024x600 display, front VGA camera, and it's promised to playback 720p HD video. Okay, it's only running Android 2.1, but the price is less than my Nook Color (another great alternative) bought on sale. Check out the Archos here: http://goo.gl/PoulS

    • eTiMaGo

      Yes, for the price, the Archos ones are hard to beat, I have a 10" one and it's pretty good. But, it can't compare to hardware that costs twice as much, my main gripe is the screen... the touchscreen is insensitive, and the viewing angles are crap, think mid-90s laptop. And it just feels cheap (but very light), compared to a friend's new Xoom...

      And yes, it plays 720p content buttery-smooth, and for regular web surfing, e-book reading, they're fine. Just don't expect an Android powerhouse :)

    • Eric

      The arnova is a prime example of "you get what you pay for".

      Resistive screen? Probably crappy screen. 600mhz processor. No dev support likely, etc.

  • Kevin

    If ASUS can't get the EEE Pad Transformer out by the time this comes out, I'll probably get this.

    • mike I

      I am leaning more toward the ASUS Slider. I like the idea of having a keyboard just not having to remember to bring it with me with the Transformer.

    • Freak

      Asus may not have a choice. At least in the case of Best Buy, they told me that they have an exclusive deal to release the Acer before the other new tablets.

  • the man

    Heck, the fact that we see having this argument shows that android does give us freedom of choice, besides we are entitled to your own opinion.

  • http://xoomtabletblog.com/ Bobby Mikels

    The price of Acer Iconia could be their biggest strength. I just hope Motorola Xoom will also consider cutting down their selling price just like Acer. Apple iPad 2 has been dominating the tablet competition since last year. A good marketing for this device could land them in second position after iPad 2. Since no one has ever tried it, it’s very hard to say if they are really that good just like what they are claiming on papers.