We arrived at CES earlier today, and Acer's pre-CES event was the first item on our agenda (yes, on a Sunday). The company unveiled a number of ultrabooks. a new cloud service, and briefly mentioned that it was bringing a brand-new Android tablet to market later this year - so briefly that we didn't even hear the name of the device mentioned (obviously, we later found out what it was called).

The Iconia A700 will be the company's second attempt at a flagship, 10.1-inch Android tablet. While we didn't grab any hands-on time with the new tab at Acer's press event earlier today, we watched the device demoed and it looks fairly impressive. Check out these snaps from The Verge:



Images via The Verge

So far, we know the following about the device:

  • 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 10.1" 1920x1080 display
  • microSD slot
  • HDMI port
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9.8mm thickness

As a follow-up to the A500, the A700 is definitely a major improvement. The display resolution allowed by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor is on the level of a mid-range desktop computer monitor. Pricing information wasn't given, but Acer is targeting Q2 2012 for release.

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  • Rob

    Hope you guys will report on how this stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Also, I'm so thankful that ICS will get rid of that horrendous Honeycomb clock font. ;)

    • Tony

      I remember when everyone and their brother was clamoring for that HoneyComb look with that font and style LOL

  • Joel

    Given that the main thing that turned me off the A500 was its thickness and weight relative to the more-or-less identically-featured Transformer, it's nice to see that this one's a good bit thinner and lighter -- lighter, in fact, than the TF-101, though still about 80g heavier than the Prime. I could only wish it were coming a little sooner.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com supercopter

    Why is it so hard to have HDMI *AND* USB on Android tablets?

    • Epsilon

      Totally agree. HDMI and USB is required for my next tablet.

      • brandon page

        The prime and tf101 both have docking stations that are really handy but I'm yet to find a tablet that has all in one a bit disappointing

    • baptiste

      because they don't want to cut into laptop sales

  • L boogie

    The tablet wars of 2012 is heating up now lets see the excite by Toshiba and the Quattro by Htc then g-tab 11+ by Samsung among others

  • Mike P

    Any word on the ICS update for the A500? I'm a huge fan of my Iconia, and Acer's been great on the Honeycomb rev's, but now that I have a Galaxy Nexus, I'd like to have the experience on both devices.

  • Sky

    all this is awesome and all,but i think i might wait for the tablets in the future that get rid of that FAT basel (or however you spell it) .. like the samsung smart TV's .. that would be REDONC !.. please,someone bring it.

  • unknown-poster

    Is this still suppose to have 2GB of ram like they said it would last year or did they find out the cost was too much and decided to stick to 1GB?