Acer Iconia Tab W500 and A500 tablets priced and dated

Mar 24, 2011
Acer Iconia Tab W500 and A500 tablets priced and dated

Acer has confirmed pricing and availability for several models in its Iconia Tab range, with a choice of Windows 7 and Android 3.0 Honeycomb slates to choose from. The Windows-based Acer Iconia Tab W500 will go on sale in the UK and Europe on April 8 2011, priced from £449 ($726) for the slate alone; if you want the optional keyboard, the bundle will cost £529 ($855).

Alone, the keyboard - which has an ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports and a trackpoint stick, but no integrated battery like ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer - will be £89 ($144) which seems on the expensive side to us. A 3G-enabled version of the Iconia Tab W500 will also be on offer, priced at £529 ($855) without the keyboard or £579 ($936) with the keyboard. Acer tells us that they're "far along" in talks with carriers regarding offering the 3G version of the slate on-contract.

Also on April 8, the Honeycomb-based Acer Iconia Tab A500 will also go on sale, priced at £449 as well. However, the 10-inch Android slate will not be offered with a keyboard dock, but instead a Bluetooth keyboard. Acer's 7-inch Iconia Tab A100, which also runs Honeycomb, will arrive in mid-May, pricing yet to be confirmed.

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