Back in March we told you that a tablet was coming to AT&T called the Acer Iconia Tab A501, today we can confirm that this 4G tablet (HSPA+ not LTE) will be available from AT&T from September 18th.
You can see a full press release over at Engadget, to sum things up you will be able to get the 16GB model for $480, however if you agree a two-year deal it will cost you just $330. Strangely the 16GB model has an MSRP of $499.99, whilst the 32GB version has an MSRP of $549.99 – we don’t know how much AT&T will charge you for the 32GB version, however based on the 16GB pricing we think they could charge $520 (contract free), or $390 as part of a two-year deal, we must stress that the 32GB pricing has not been confirmed and these are our rough calculations.
If you head over to the AT&T website you will see that the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is much cheaper than its competitors, we really think that this pricing will attract some attention from people who need / want a tablet but think that the iPad 2 is overpriced at $629 – obviously the iPad 2 pricing is different as it doesn’t require a two-year deal, but still we think the prospect of getting a 4G tablet on contract for $330 is still an offer which mustn’t be overlooked.
In terms of monthly costs it depends on how much data you plan on using, obviously WiFi usage doesn’t affect your monthly cap, so you may find that $15 per month for 250MB tariff may be enough for you (we doubt it), an extra $25 per month will raise the cap to 2GB, which is more realistic in our opinion.
For those of you who aren’t that clued up in terms of the Acer Iconia Tab A501’s tech specs you get a 10.1-inch display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor, a full size USB 2.0 port, a microUSB port, a microSD memory card slot, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, two 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries, a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and it will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box, as we previously mention it will connect to AT&T’s HSPA+ network and we can also confirm that it will boast full access to the Android Market.
The AT&T Acer Iconia Tab A501 is by no means thick and heavy, but that said when put side-by-side with the iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Toshiba AT200 it may look a little chunky, it apparently weighs1.69 pounds and measures in at 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 inches, we think you will agree that its size and weight wont be an issue.