Trio of Acer Iconia tablets touch down

Trio of Acer Iconia tablets touch downAcer has slapped the Iconia name on a trio of new tablets first shown off in November and now given a full launch at Mobile World Congress.

The Iconia Tab A500, A100 and W500 are the full model names you need to know, and they take their place alongside the Iconia Smart – itself big enough to be a tablet – in Acer's new mobile lineup for 2011.

It's refreshing to see that Acer hasn't gone all in on Android, either. Yes, the A500 and A100 are Android machines, but the W500 has Windows 7 on board for those looking for a break from the taste of Honeycomb.

And it's pure Honeycomb, too, with Acer not having slapped its own UI on top. We've no problem with that, of course – Android 3.0 is rather a nice OS, after all. Alongside Google's OS it's another appearance for the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor we've been spotting everywhere, while the camera is a 5-megapixel job with a 2MP partner round the front.

The difference between them is mainly size. Acer has hedged its bets by offering both the most popular screen size choices – 10.1in on the A500 and 7in on the A100. That aside, though, the bigger slate also has more RAM (1GB versus 512MB) and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage on board, as opposed to just 8GB.

Both offer Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, and have HDMI out for porting 1080p video to a big screen. Launch date is pencilled in for April.

The W500, meanwhile, features a full-sized keyboard/docking station combo, letting you turn it into a Windows 7 netbook when the fancy takes you. It also comes with Acer's FineTrack pointing device.

Acer has yet to tell us when this one will be with us, however.

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