The first wave of Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets to hit the mark of “affordable” price territory is upon us. Earlier this morning Best Buy announced the Acer Iconia Tab A500, a close cousin to the Acer Transformer, will be headed to the states on April 24th with pre-orders kicking off next week (April 14th). Priced at $449, the Iconia A500 looks to be positioned at the would-be Motorola Xoom audience, but will they bite?
Let’s trim the fat. The Iconia A500 packs a 10.1 inch display running at 1280 x 800 just like the Motorola Xoom. It also matches the Xoom with a 2-megapixel front facing camera and 5-megapixel rear shooter. Inside you have the same Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM and stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. Bottom line, this is identical to the Xoom, but will only be offered in a WiFi flavor.
How will the Motorola Xoom fare when tablet buyers are shown the more affordable Acer Iconia A500? Does the brand make the tablet or is value your highest priority? Sound off.
If you’re having trouble answering these questions stay tuned as we unveil our Motorola Xoom review next week to help make the decision a breeze.