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Acer just pushed out the official announcement for its newest offering to the tablet world - the Iconia Tab A200. The interesting thing about this tablet, though, is that it's really not much different than the A500. Aesthetically, it does look different, but on the inside, it's nearly the same tablet:

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  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Full-size USB port, microSD card slot
  • Android 3.2

While the Iconia A200 will initially ship with Honeycomb, Acer has promised that the tablet will be sporting ICS out-of-the-box beginning in January '12. Of course, all early adopters of the device will also get an OTA update to Android 4.0.

The A200 also features Acer Ring, a shortcut manager that makes it easy to access apps from any screen. It also includes one of my favorite features of TouchWiz UX: a screenshot tool.

There's no word on pricing or regional availability at this point.

Acer Presents the ICONIA TAB A200

The tablet for sharing good times with family at an affordable price

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (December 2, 2011) — Acer Inc. announces the release of the ICONIA TAB A200, the company’s latest tablet. Ideal for sharing good times via gaming, e-books, movies, music, photography, social networking and more, this tablet is an amazing hub of activity for people of all ages, and it comes at a very affordable price. Shipments in select countries include the Android 3.2 OS (code named Honeycomb) beginning in November. Shipments with Android 4.0 (code named Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS) will start in January 2012 worldwide. A free ICS upgrade to current ICONIA TAB A200 users will also be made available at that time.

Priced right and looking sleek from all angles, the ICONIA TAB A200 stands out in Titanium Gray or Metallic Red. The rear side is soft to the touch and features an eye-catching pattern. Made especially for multimedia enjoyment, this tablet packs hardware and apps for loads of fun. Visuals are fantastic on the generous 10.1″ multitouch screen, and even thrilling games run smoothly thanks to the NVIDIA® Tegra 2 Dual Core 1 GHz processor and gyrometer.

The ICONIA TAB A200 improves multitasking with the Acer Ring interface for setting easy-access apps from any screen. It also features Screenshot, which quickly captures web images, articles, Google Maps and even smiling faces from video calls. Screenshot can be used in any app on any screen for maximum convenience.

Adapted perfectly for mobility, this tablet has a full-size USB port for hooking up other devices and a MicroSD slot for passing data. A 2 MP web camera enables face-to-face chats for keeping friends and family close at hand wherever you are. Whether on the road or at home, sharing multimedia is easy; you can read an e-book or watch a streaming movie, anytime. For enhanced social networking the ICONIA TAB A200 includes Acer SocialJogger, which consolidates Facebook, Twitter and more.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Frank

    No rear-facing camera? No deal! I wonder why they opted to remove the rear facing camera? Adding the full-sized USB is nice, but removing the rear-facing camera? Given a choice, which there are a lot of now, I'd choose a tablet with a camera.

    Actually, this tablet is a non-entity. I wouldn't even consider a tablet now unless it a Tegra 3 or equivalent. I plan to buy the Asus Transformer Prime as soon as I can.

    Frank

    • Jaime Lefebvre

      What in the world do you need a rear facing camera for on a tablet? You really want to be that guy we all make fun of at events holding up a 10" tab to take pictures?

      • JIW

        Agreed. I photograph weddings for a living and I'm still surprised at how many people bring their tablets to a wedding and use them as cameras. They look ridiculous. If it keeps the price down, I'm all for it.

    • Brandon

      People who think they need a rear facing camera tablet are dumb f***s.

      http://us.acidcow.com/pics/20110426/ipad_01.jpg

  • Nate

    My A500 is much better...more ports, etc. Why would they dumb it down? If they just made it lighter, it would have silenced a lot of criticism from weak-armed tech critics.

    • http://pctonic.net Ashutosh

      They will now be able to sell it at a much lower price, maybe $350 or less. This will be for people who won't be able to afford Acer's Tegra 3 tablets (which will inevitably be released soon).

  • AA

    How would you use scan barcodes without a rear facing camera?

  • Tom

    Amen, Acer. Common sense prevails. Why would anyone want a rear camera on a tablet. That's just not a practical addition to a tablet. Acer makes wonderful products. They are cost efficent, and they work well for the applications they design them for. Get a regular camera people , say a Kodak touch screen with 16howevermany mega pixs to take pictures with. This is a tablet product , not a friggin camera.

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