Acer’s Iconia A200 tablet marks the second coming from Acer in terms of Android Honeycomb tablets. Confusingly, the A200 is the sequel to the Iconia A500, which we rated in May with a middling score. Have the specs improved for the A200?
On paper… kind of. The Acer Iconia A200 is a dual-core tab with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. This is enough to make it pacy, but it’s bound to be outstripped by quad-core tablets coming out in the first half of 2012.
Other specs are decent enough: a 2-Megapixel front-facing camera, 8 or 16GB of storage that’s expandable by microSD, but it still looks pretty chunky. The size of the A500 was the biggest problem we had in our Acer Iconia A500 review, and while the design in the A200 looks like an improvement, it still doesn’t exactly look slight.
The use of Android 3.2 is neither here nor there; Acer says it’ll upgrade the Iconia A200 with Ice Cream Sandwich soon, but either way the OS is overlaid with Acer’s Ring UI, which pops up a circle of options whenever you hold down on an area of the screen.
Price and exact release date for each country haven’t been announced, but we’d estimate that it’ll cost roughly the same as the £449.99 Iconia A500 before it. Check out the video below for a look at the Ace Iconia A200’s features. With horrible music.