AT&T Acer Iconia A501 Hands-on at CTIA 2011

Earlier yesterday AT&T announced the upcoming availability of the Acer Iconia A501 (codenamed Picasso, according to an AT&T rep showing off the tablet to me), a 10-inch Android 3.0 tablet with 4G capability. I was able to hunt down the elusive Iconia A501 and get some hands-on time with it.

The firmware will launch with Android 3.0 Honeycomb (launch is sometime in Q2 2011), but the demo unit I saw last night was running Froyo, and I could tell it was definitely not finalized firmware. It was still too choppy and inconsistent to be used on a regular basis with any degree of happiness.

This is not dissimilar to the Iconia A500 that I played with at CES 2011 (and MWC 2011), and in fact, in checking the software version of the Iconia I discovered that this wasn’t the actual AT&T A501 at all; instead, it was the A500. The very same one that I played with at CES. AT&T did this with the “LG Thrill 4G” last night as well — it was actually the LG Optimus 3D and not AT&T-branded.

The Acer Iconia A501 will feature a Tegra 250 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 MP rear camera and high-definition front camera, and HDMI-out. No pricing or availability is given on the Iconia, though we have been told it will launch in Q2 2011.

In the meantime, have a look-see at the pics to see if it may be worth getting when it comes out later this year. I’m definitely hesitant right now, but I’ll hold my breath and wait until the final version comes complete with Honeycomb. I just have a hard time believing that the Iconia is going to compete well with the iPad 2, Blackberry Playbook, and who-knows-what else tablet will come out on the network between now and launch day.


Author: Brad Molen

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