Six months ago, AT&T confirmed it would carry the Acer Iconia Tab A501 on its HSPA+ network. Well, AT&T over the weekend finally announced the tablet’s long-awaited launch. The LTE “4G” Android Honeycomb tablet is set to arrive on September 18th for the price of $480, but if you decide to sign your life away in a two-year data contract, the price drops to $330. The A501 isn’t really different from the original A500 that came out a couple of months ago; it still features a 10.1-inch display, dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, and a full-size USB port.
Android 3.0 is on board, but an over-the-air update is in the works to bump the tab up to Android 3.1. Data plans for AT&T start at $15 for 250MB with a $25 option giving you a lousy 2GB. Data can be purchased on a month-to-month basis or as a monthly plan.
Honestly, I can’t understand why AT&T would offer an outdated Honeycomb tablet like this when most people aren’t really into the Acer Iconia. When you hear people talk, they mention popular Honeycomb tabs like Samsung Galaxy 10.1 or the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer. Besides, why would people want to sign a 2-year contract for the A501, when they could buy the A500 for $386?
For mor information check out the press release below.
ACER AND AT&T DEBUT THE NEW ICONIA TAB A501 WITH AT&T 4G FOR UNTETHERED FREEDOM AND MOBILITY
Acer’s Popular 10.1-inch Tablet Now Boasts AT&T 4G for Super Speedy Data Transmission and Smooth Video Streaming; Android 3.0 Provides Fast and Easy Browsing, Fun and Handy Apps
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011 – Acer America announced today that the Acer Iconia Tab
A501 10.1 inch tablet with AT&T 4G mobile broadband and Android™ Honeycomb will be available to customers in the U.S. via Acer’s national retail and channel partners this weekend.
Designed for both consumers and small businesses, the newest member of the Acer Iconia family of tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 gives customers the freedom to enjoy technology around the clock on the AT&T mobile broadband network. The HSPA+ technology with enhanced backhaul provides up to 4x faster data transmission.
The Acer Iconia Tab A501?s 10.1-inch multi-touch screen provides precise finger-tip control for leveraging social media, email, productivity applications as well as games and entertainment. Powered by a NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce™ GPU, customers can enjoy high-definition video, speedy browsing, multi-tasking, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications.
“Staying in touch, informed, productive and entertained has never been so easy,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. “Whether it’s posting a birth announcement on Facebook or staying connected to the office via email, people are connecting more online and in a more personal way. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 with AT&T 4G provides our customers with one of the fastest and most fluid ways to stay on the cutting-edge of technology and at the center of what’s happening in the world today. The Iconia Tab A501 is not only intuitive, but it’s fashionable, which is important to mobile consumers.”
High-Performance, Feature-Rich Entertainment in a Chic Design Svelte and stylish, the Acer Iconia Tab A501?s elegant aesthetics tout a high-gloss finish with an appealing engraved pattern for a flash of style. The Alpine Silver brushed metal aluminum chassis is comfortable to hold and carry. It’s also very portable. The thin and light aluminum design weighs just 1.69 pounds and measures only 10.24(w) x 6.97(d) x 0.52(h)-inches, so it fits nicely in a hand bag, briefcase or backpack.
Designed for HD entertainment, the 10.1-inch capacitive touch-screen tablet is undeniably accurate and responsive. Its high-resolution 1280×800 TFT WXGA display provides an optimal 80-degree wide viewing angle and the high-color contrast allows customers to enjoy brilliant HD video in 16:10 aspect ratio. The ample 10.1-inch size is perfect for movies, games, social networking and scrolling through photos.
Fun on the Run
Dolby® Mobile technology with heightened audio makes the tablet a convenient medium for listening to online music when connected to a pair of external portable speakers. Via its HDMI port, customers can also use the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to display full high-definition video on a high-definition big screen TV or monitor. The system offers a full size USB 2.0 port for hooking up peripherals and it also includes a Micro SDHC slot and micro USB port.
Two integrated easy-to-use cameras include a 5MP rear-facing model with flash and auto- focus for capturing detailed, high-quality video and images. The 2MP fixed-focused front-facing webcam enables video conferencing over wi-fi and records HD video and comments for capturing memories, which can be shared via social networking sites.
With its 10-point touch display and six-axis motion sensor meter control, this leading-edge tablet smoothly runs premium HD arcade and online games on par with high-end game consoles.
The built-in GPS can be combined with various apps to enable customers to enjoy navigation and location-searches while traveling and driving. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.
Readers will appreciate that the new tablet comes pre-installed with Acer LumiRead and Google Books™ eReading apps. An ambient sensor enables the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to be used in many types of environments, while the integrated accelerometer allows auto-rotation between portrait and landscape modes for viewing movies, websites, games and more.
The Acer Iconia Tab A501 has long battery life with two 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries that provide up to eight hours of playback for casual games, eight hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of WiFi Internet browsing.
With two different models available, including one with 16GB of flash storage(3) and another with 32GB, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 gives customers extremely fast access to programs and apps. The Micro-SD card reader supports user-supplied Micro-SD cards with capacity up to 32GB, so customers can download their own digital content, including videos, movies and eBooks.
Customers can connect to Wi-Fi networks via Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless technology. They can also set up multiple email addresses and view Microsoft Office® documents using the trial version of the “Docs to Go” app for getting things done quickly.
Easy Does It with Android™ Honeycomb
The advances in Android™ Honeycomb build on the Acer Iconia Tab A501?s high-performance design to deliver customers a simple, intuitive and fun mobile experience. Optimized for a tablet environment, the Android™ OS provides fluid, on the go browsing with features that make spending time online fun and productive.
The Acer Iconia Tab A501 can be customized with Android™ apps of the customer’s choice from the Android™ Market and other Android™-based app sites.
Seamless Home Networking Via clear.fi
Acer Iconia Tab A501 comes with Acer clear.fi, which connects with any other DLNA-compliant device to quickly and easily share digital media. It automatically detects clear-fi-enabled devices on the wireless home network (smartphones, notebooks, HD media players, etc.) and gathers and organizes media files by type (video, music, photo, pre-recorded TV).
The Acer Iconia Tab A501 will be available in the U.S. at national retail stores on Sunday, Sept. 18. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.99 for the 16GB model and $549.99 for the 32GB model.