Acer Iconia Tab A200 will be out in the US on January 15 for $329.99, ICS update coming mid-February

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 will become available in the US on January 15. The Iconia Tab A200 is Acer’s new 10.1-inch Android tablet that aims to put its affordability front and center. That however doesn’t mean it’s underpowered or anything like that – just one year ago, this would have been the tablet to drool over. In fact, most of its specs are on par with most of the other Android-powered tablets out there at the moment.

And now that Acer has announced its price, the A200 has turned into the first seriously affordable 10-inch Android tablet – something we should have seen a lot more of over the past year.

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 will cost $329.99 (for 8 GB of built-in storage), or $349.99 (with 16 GB of storage). These are recommended prices, so some retailers may even go lower. And at around $300, this tablet is $200 cheaper than the cheapest Apple iPad. At that price point, Acer is pretty much certain to sell a whole lot of these.

Quad-core processors may be where it’s at in the Android tablet space this year, but the Iconia Tab A200 will probably be better-selling than most of the high-end tablets which will get unveiled over the next couple of months, and for a simple reason: price.

It’s nice to finally see one Android tablet maker understand that you can’t really compete with Apple (at least not at first) with same-price offerings. Go lower in price, and people will start noticing you. After all, the truth in the computer space has always been that most of the people who can afford an Apple product buy one.

So while the Iconia Tab A200 certainly won’t be winning in any benchmarks, it might just be in sales numbers. We’ll have to wait and see of course. But if you’ve always wanted an affordable 10-inch tablet running Android, this is it. And in ten days you’ll be able to get one.

Oh, and to make things even better for would-be owners of the Iconia Tab A200, Acer has also announced that the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the tablet will be out in mid-February. Something to boast over during MWC, surely. Right now, the A200 runs Honeycomb, but about a month from now it will be the most affordable decently-specced 10-inch Android tablet, and one of the first to be updated to the latest version of the OS. If that’s not a winning combination, we don’t know what is.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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