Acer Unveils Its First Quad-Core Tablet, Iconia A510

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Acer Iconia A510 LeftAcer is making the shift to the next generation of processors, as the company unveiled its first quad-core tablet today, the Iconia A510, which will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip.

The quad-core tablet will ship running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will sport a 10.1-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution. Other features include Dolby Mobile 3 audio, micro HDMI and micro USB 2.0 ports, 1 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of flash storage (expandable via a microSD card slot).

The tablet’s cameras include a 1-megapixel front-facing camera with zoom and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera that allows users to take snapshots while recording video. The Iconia A510’s connectivity capabilities include 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR. And to keep the A510 from running out of juice at the worst possible time, the tablet comes with a 9800mAh battery, allegedly one of the highest capacities in the industry, to provide users with up to 12 hours of video playback.

Acer Iconia A510 RearAcer proudly touts the A510’s productivity features as well, which include preloaded copies of Polaris Office 3.5, Evernote, and Adobe Flash 11. Perhaps most useful, though, is the inclusion of the Acer Print app, which allows users to wirelessly print from their tablet and is supposedly compatible with “87 percent of brand name printers on the current market.”

In a rather unique design choice, the Iconia A510 will be a “special Olympic Games Tablet Edition of the Acer Iconia Tab line,” according to a press release. As such, the tablet’s soft-touch chassis will be branded with both the Acer and Olympic logos (the rings) to celebrate Acer’s sponsorship of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games.

Preorders have already begun for the A510, with prices starting at $449.99 for the 32 GB model, which is available in either silver or black. No word yet on whether or not there will be other models with varying storage capacities and, if so, how much they will go for.

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