Acer 1080p A700 Android Tablet available for pre-order today (with hands-on pictures)

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June 13, 2012 12:00 pm


The Acer Iconia A700 tablet was originally shown at CES way back in January, so it has taken some time for Acer to finally bring their latest Android tablet to market, but the wait is finally over. Acer just announced that the A700 is available for pre-order, in black or silver, for $449.99 at “national electronics retailers.” The A700 is only the second Android tablet, after the Asus Transformer Prime TF700T, to feature a 10.1″ 1080p screen (actually 1920×1200). It also runs Android 4.0 out-of-the-box, as any new Android device released today should.

The A700 with 32GB will retail for $449.99, and we got a chance to go hands-on with it a few weeks ago. You can check out the pictures from our time with it, and the full specs, after the jump.

 

The A700 we saw at CES looked a little different to the finally version of the A700 released today (you can see some pictures of the original version here), and now it looks physically identical to the recently released A510 tablet. In actual fact, other than the screen, the A700 and A510 are practically the same tablet. Both use a Tegra 3 CPU, have 1GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, run Ice Cream Sandwich, and retail for $449.99.

At our meeting with Acer we pointed this out, and were told that because of this the A510 was basically being replaced in the market by the A700, even though it has only being available for a very short time. While this will probably irk quite a few A510 buyers, it only makes sense, since in order for Android tablets to compete with the iPad juggernaut they have to offer comparable or better specs at a lower price. While a 1080p screen can’t technically compare to the Retina display on the new iPad, it’s still pretty crisp, and for most people will be a great choice.

From the short time we spent with the A700 we came away impressed. While the materials it is made from certainly aren’t as premium as some of the other Android tablet offerings from Asus and Toshiba, it is still a well-made device, with a beautiful high-resolution IPS screen and excellent viewing angles. At $449.99 it is great value for money, and it is one of the best spec’d Android tablets currently available. Once we get a chance to look at one for a longer period of time, you’ll be able to read our full report. For now, you can check out more pictures of the A700 below.

Specs:

- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra™ 3 Quad Core Mobile Processor (1.3GHz)
Display: 10.1″ Full HD multitouch 1080p display, 1920 x 1200 resolution
Memory: 1024MB DDR2 memory
Storage: 32GB internal storage
Audio: Dolby Mobile 3
Media Card Reader: MicroSD memory slot up to 32GB
Communications: 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Camera: 5MP rear-facing camera with auto focus, Front-facing HD camera
Battery: 9800mAh, up to 13 hours for video playback on system
Interfaces: Micro USB 2.0 port, Micro-HDMI, 3.5mm combo jack
Dimensions: 10.2″ L x 6.9″ D x 0.43″ H  |  291mm L x 56mm W x 202mm H
Weight: 1.47 lbs. | 0.665kg

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  • sicsicpuppy

    Pretty sure no one cares lol .

  • Tom

    This actually sounds pretty good – really looking forward to the review.

    As you wrote, Apple has such influence that the Android makers have no choice but to respond to Apple – consumers want that which Apple has decided is important. First that was thin and light, but now that is screen resolution.

    And in that regard, 1920×1080 or 1920×1200 are ideal resolutions on a 10″ tablet. Very high resolution, sticking to common standard resolutions, and not going over-board.

    • Blacklisted

      Wow, specs look good….device looks good….unfortunately when you turn it on it has Android installed. Guess it’s true what they say about pigs and makeup. I’ll wait for the real version to come out later this year with Windows 8 installed on it so I can actually do something with it.

  • Patrick

    Apple is suing Samsung for tablets that look less like a iPad then this. I can see it coming. Me I’ll probably get rid of my original iPad for a Windows 8 tablet or the Transformer Prime from Asus.

  • LEKO

    If it sells at 449$, this would hit the Asus sales or Asus will have to react.

  • wlee

    Asus Transformer Prime is not FHD, it’s only 1280×800

    I wish 2GB RAM.

  • Alex Davies

    @wlee – yes, you are right the regular Prime is not FHD. But the unreleased TF700T version is (it was also announced at CES). I clarified that in the post above, and linked to a post on The Verge about it.

  • Sub-Joker

    anybody knows how the TF700T will be priced??
    I might get one if the price of the Asus is considerably higher.

    • Goel

      Just Bought the 32Go TF700 + dock (Wifi-only) at 599€ (about 700$)

  • LiLanTanTANG

    sooo seexxxxy! i like i like.

  • wow

    a great tablet for a reasonable price…
    now im so tempted to get this even though my original plan was to wait and see the asus nexus tablet or asus tf 700!!

  • J

    wow, amazing price, i’m glad i waited for this instead of buying the A510. I don’t think any other 1080p tablet compares at this price.

  • J

    how long do pre-orders usually last? i mean, can anyone ballpark when the A700 might actually hit stores?

    • Alex Davies

      If I remember, at the event we were told ‘late June’, but that was a month ago, and with the pre-order only now going live I would expect a realistic release date to now be mid to late July.

  • Miguel

    It’s either the rumoured google nexus tablet or this for my next tablet. I wish I can tell the future so I can decide which one to get already.