Acer America said on Thursday that its very first quad-core tablet in North America will be the Android-powered Iconia Tab A510. It will come packed with a 10.1-inch WXGA screen, Nvidia's 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 SoC, Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and the full suite of Polaris Office 3.5. It will also feature Acer Print so that customers have a convenient and seamless way to print wirelessly from their tablet.
"The new Acer Iconia Tab A510 will exceed the expectations of customers who are ready to embrace using their tablets for more fun, entertainment and a first-rate mobile gaming experience," said Paul Tayar, director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America. "Our second-generation Acer A510 builds on the success of its award-winning predecessor with notable improvements in performance, responsiveness and ease-of use, elevating it to the status of ultimate mobile companion."
Billed as a mobile workstation and an entertainment powerhouse, the A510's 10-point touch capacitive display -- with a resolution of 1280 x 800 -- will have a 16:10 aspect ratio and a wide 85-degree viewing angle. Other tablet features will include Dolby Mobile 3 audio, HDMI output, 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of additional storage, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
Also on the spec list will be a 1MP fixed-focused front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focusing, DLNA support and more. The chassis itself will have a soft-touch finish for comfortable handling measuring 10.2 (w) x 6.9 (d) x 0.43 (h) inches. Overall the tablet will weigh just over 24 ounces.
"When the tablet takes on everyday tasks, the [Tegra 3's] fifth Battery Saver Core becomes engaged in place of the other four cores, ultimately using less power and improving battery life," the company said. "The 9800mAh battery, one of the highest capacity models in the industry, further improves battery life, so customers can enjoy their tablet for up to 12 hours of video playback."
The new Acer Iconia Tab A510 is available for pre-sale starting today at national electronics retailers in the United States and Canada for $449.99. Acer didn't say when the tablet will actually be available on store shelves, so stay tuned.