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.