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Last Updated: February 1st, 2014

Announced late last year, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a slick Tegra 2 Android tablet which will be one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices available in the market. The tablet has the following specifications and features:

  • 10.1" multitouch display (1280x800)
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB internal memory
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Six-axis motion sensing gyroscope
  • Full-size USB 2.0 port
  • Micro-USB port
  • MicroSD slot
  • 1.5 pounds
  • Android 3.2 (upgradeable to 4.0)
  • 8 hours battery life

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The tablet is set to launch on January 15 in the United States, but Acer has stated in their press-release that the device will be freely upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February. The 8GB version of the Tab will retail for $329.99, while the 16GB version will be $349.99.

In addition to the basic Android app offerings, the tab will also come preloaded with various Acer apps, including:

  • Tegra Zone: a front-end for downloading games "optimized" for Tegra powered tablets
  • Acer SocialJogger: a social media manager consolidating your Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Acer Ring: a multi-tasking app, which allows users to put their most commonly used applications in one spot. The ring is activated by tapping the double circle located in the system bar.

For more information, check out the press release below:

Acer Expands Popular Tablet Lineup with Iconia Tab A200, A Full-Featured HD Tablet at an Attractive $329 Price
SAN JOSE, Calif., January 5, 2012 – Acer America today announced availability of the Iconia™ Tab A200, the latest addition to Acer's line of full-featured Android tablets. The new 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A200 is a portable activity hub for gaming, e-books, movies, music, photography, social networking and more. Offered at the attractive price of $329.99, the Iconia Tab A200 will be available to U.S. customers on January 15.
The new Acer Iconia Tab A200 tablet enables customers to interact with and enjoy technology in ways that are both truly natural and exciting. Loaded with the latest edition of Android™ Honeycomb™ 3.2 operating system, the Iconia Tab A200 is user-friendly and extremely interactive with resizable app widgets and fun features the whole family can enjoy. The Iconia Tab A200 also comes with a free upgrade to Android 4.0 (known as Ice Cream Sandwich), which will be available in mid-February.
"The Acer Iconia Tab family of tablets is an excellent example of Acer's ability to deliver high-performance, full-function mobile devices at unbeatable values," said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. "Acer brings the Iconia Tab A200 to consumers at an affordable price, without making sacrifices on key tablet features such as expansion, connectivity to other devices, HD displays and cameras."

High-Quality Performance for Hours of Fun
Sleek and easy to hold, the Iconia Tab A200 weighs 1.5 pounds. The tablet is wrapped in a slim, titanium gray-colored casing, with an eye-catching patterned back side, which is soft to the touch. On the front, the A200 showcases a beautiful HD multi-touch display featuring crystal-clear 1280 x 800 resolution for an outstanding viewing experience.
Made especially for multimedia enjoyment, the Iconia Tab A200 packs hardware and apps for loads of fun. The tablet provides an enhanced level of performance with its NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 dual-core mobile processor and integrated GeForce™ GPU that allows users to enjoy HD gaming, 1080p video, Flash-based applications, faster browsing and multitasking.
Gamers of all ages will enjoy the preloaded Tegra Zone Android app, which allows users to search and download the best Android games that are optimized for NVIDIA Tegra powered tablets. The Iconia Tab A200's fast gaming experience is also supported by a six-axis motion sensing gyroscope, essential for high-precision gaming so actions and animations are more correctly performed.
Users can enjoy up to eight hours of cable-free battery life , providing endless hours to surf the web, watch movies, play games and read e-books, far from the nearest electrical outlet. The Iconia Tab A200 comes pre-loaded with apps like Kindle for countless reading selections and Netflix for instant delivery of movie and entertainment titles. One tap on the Android Market allows users access to thousands of downloadable apps.

Packed with Practical and Fun Features
Offering superior expansion and connectivity, the Iconia Tab A200 has a full-size USB 2.0 port for hooking up other devices and a MicroSD slot and micro-USB port for passing data. A two megapixel front-facing web camera enables face-to-face chats or quick snaps for still photos. For an enhanced social networking experience, the Iconia Tab A200 includes Acer SocialJogger, which consolidates Facebook, Twitter and more into one spot.
The Iconia Tab A200 improves multitasking with the unique interactive Acer Ring interface, allowing users to customize their tablet experience by putting their most commonly used applications into one easy spot. Users can launch the ring by tapping the double circle located in the system bar, opening a series of key apps, settings, bookmarks or contextual menu options. The tablet 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 for maximum convenience.
Acer clear.fi is installed on the Acer Iconia Tab A200 to connect with any other DLNA-compliant device to quickly and easily share digital medai. Clear.fi automatically connects all Acer devices on a network (smartphones, notebooks, desktops, HD media plays and storage devices) and gathers and organizes media files by type (video, music, photos, pre-recorded TV).

Affordable Pricing Starting at only $329.99
The Acer Iconia Tab A200 will be available in the U.S. on January 15 at national retail stores. The Acer Iconia Tab A200-10g16u with 16GB of memory has a manufactuerer's suggested retail price of $349.99, while the Acer Iconia Tab A200-10g08u with 8GB of memory has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $329.99.

[Source: Engadget]

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Jaz

    This tablet looks nice. But there will be quad core tablets out soon. Can't see myself spending that much on dualcore.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com Abhiroop

      Good point, but a quad-core may be significantly more expensive!

      • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

        Quad-Core _is_ significantly more expensive.

        • brandon page

          well worth the money tho and I would expect the acer to have had a tergra 3 not the 2??

    • http://social-catalog.com/google-nexus-tablet-will-be-another-affordable-tablet aatif

      Any sign of quad core tablets ? i don't think there is any rumor too . And yes if they will be launched they will be expensive

      • Joseph

        ASUS transformer prime comes to mind..

      • Ray

        Transformer Prime, starting at $499.

  • Naga

    I am betting the price takes a serious dive not too long afterwards. And dual core is still plenty fine for 95% of things at this point. I just want to find a decent 7".

    • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

      The A100 isn't bad, at least in my opinion.

      • Trinhbo

        The A100 wasn't bad except for the horrible battery life.

  • xsirxx

    Maybe Ive been out of the loop, but what other company sells their tablet at msrp of 329.99$ or below for a 10 inch?

    • George C

      ViewSonic and it's a piece of shit

      • xsirxx

        I have the Iconia A500 which I actually got for 240$ and it is amazing. Given also that HoneyComb+, Tegra chipset, and 1gig of ram for 329$ and below, there is nothing that can touch it that I know of... But I have a tablet and havent been keeping tabs on MSRP prices...

      • xsirxx

        Also I checked it and I think the MSRP of the gTablet(if thats the one your refering to) is 499$ and again 320$ on Amazon. Also 512M of memory and does it even have a back camera?
        I am with you its a piece of junk when compared to what Acer is offering these days but the price of it is still higher than the new Iconia...

  • Himmat S.

    The price is actually very attractive. It has got basically the same specs as my Galaxy Tab 10.1. On the plus, it has full USB, but then the battery life is 2 hours shorter than on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Anyways, Tegra2 devices are still powerful, and if someone wants a decent 10 inch tablet, this looks the best bet for him/her!

  • Falconator

    I also have the A500 and LOVE it to death! My co-workers make fun of me as the only Iconia owner but when they run into issues with there tablets or ipads, I'm always the one on top laughing. I wish you could "trade-in" your old one for a new one...like a car... :-( maybe one day.

  • http://portablepirates.com marc

    The bootloader will be locked

    sorry but im stilll getting the original transformer. i dont think i need any quad core tablet now. theres nothing out there for the extra core yet.

  • Tyler C

    This is basically a slightly stripped (but more attractive looking on the back) A500 at the A100's price point.
    I own both the A500 and A100, both of which were bought at a Wally World just a couple days before xmas for $249 each.
    I would assume this release would slightly drop the A100's price down to $250.
    I however, am interested in the A700, but I won't make any final decisions until after CES.