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Acer Taking Pre-Orders for 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A700

Acer America is now taking pre-sale orders in Canada and in the U.S. for its new Android-based Iconia Tab A700, one of the first 10.1-inch tablets to feature a 1920 x 1200 display -- just slightly above Full HD 1080p. The 32 GB model costs $449.99, packs Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" OS, and arrives in two colors: the Acer A700-10s32u (silver) and Acer A700-10k32u (black).

"Ensuring an optimal viewing experience, the Acer A700's display has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 800:1 contrast ratio and a wide 178 degree viewing angle," the company said on Wednesday. "Plus, the display is a 10-point touch capacitive screen, so it delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy and responsiveness. The high-performance 12-Core GeForce Nvidia GPU delivers incredibly detailed graphics and imagery."

According to the specs, Nvidia's Tegra 3 is clocked at 1.3 GHz and accompanied by 1 GB of DDR2 memory. The tablet also sports a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of extra storage (SDHC 2.0 compatible), 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity, a mcroUSB port and a microHDMI port. There's also a 5MP rear-facing camera with auto focus, and a front-facing HD camera for video calling.

Also stuffed into the tablet is a G-sensor, an E-compass, an L-sensor and a Gyro-meter. The battery supposedly supports "all day entertainment" with enough juice to play continuous video for up to 10.5 hours and the tablet even has Dolby Mobile 3 with 5.1-channel home theater surround sound capabilities, making it somewhat of a portable theater in a tablet form factor.

"Consumers have embraced their tablets as a mobile hub for their daily lives, and the full HD display on the Acer A700 will give customers a fresh new perspective on the apps, games and digital media they enjoy," said Paul Tayar, director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America. "Customers looking for a no-compromise tablet will get the features and performance they want in the new Acer A700."

Acer's new tablet arrives with pre-installed software including Polaris Office 3.5, Evernote, and Acer Print which is compatible with 87-percent of brand name printers in the market and supports a wide range of printing formats (doc, pic and browsers). There's also Acer Ring, a unique interactive interface that can be customized by users to launch specific apps. Even more, the Acer Ring's screenshot feature can be used to capture images of an app, website and even photos from a video conference.

The two Acer Iconia Tab A700 tablets are available for pre-sale at and at national electronics retailers in the United States at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $449.99 USD. So far the actual shipment date is not available.