We've been hearing about the impending ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity with its 1920x1200 display for some time now with no concrete word on when it's coming to market, but in the interim we can now look forward to the new Acer Iconia Tab A700. Acer may just beat ASUS to the punch, too: the Iconia Tab A700 should be available for presale now, and will be shipping by the end of the month at just $449.

Most of the other specs are pretty much bog standard for a modern Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. The Acer A700 is a 10.1" tablet powered off of NVIDIA's 1.3GHz Tegra 3 T30, sporting 1GB of LP-DDR2, 32GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD slot compatible with both SDHC and SDXC. It features a Micro USB 2.0 port, Micro-HDMI out, and a 3.5mm combo mic/headphone jack, along with front and rear-facing cameras. The internal battery is also rated at a substantial 36.26Wh, and the unit as a whole weighs 1.47lbs (0.67kg).

Hopefully Acer can hit a homerun with the A700 and its high-resolution display and back it up with better support than we've seen in the past. While ASUS received the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their Tegra 2 tablets near the beginning of the year, Acer didn't roll out the update until April, and Acer has a tendency to EOL tablet support somewhat sooner than we'd like.

Then again, that's part of what you should expect with a low price and 1-year standard warranty. If you're willing to take the plunge, though, as we said the Acer Iconia Tab A700 should be available for presale now or in the immediate future, and will be available in retail for $449. That should be less than what the ASUS Transformer Infinity sells for with a similar configuration, though build quality and other elements are still up for discussion.

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  • sciwizam - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    A better headline? Good value for $449.

    "The Acer Iconia Tab A700 Brings 1920x1200 and 32GB to $449"
  • Mathieu Bourgie - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    1920 x 1200 sounds nice, but what type of panel are we talking about? TN? IPS?
  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    After a 0.32-second Google search:

    "t will come with a 1920x1080 10.1in display which is not IPS according to an Acer spokesperson but is a technology which is on a par with IPS. From our brief time looking at the tablet the screen certainly seemed excellent but we'll have to wait until we get some proper hands-on time with it before we make a final judgement."

    I have two Acer A100 tablets that use TN panels. No complaints.
  • milli - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    Probably a VA panel
  • quiksilvr - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    It's TN. IPS would make this much more expensive.
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, June 14, 2012 - link

    Not really; we're seeing IPS come way down in pricing as volume starts to make it more feasible. Acer does say the LCD is "Wide viewing angle", and unless they're absolutely nuts that means it's not TN. At that point, whether they're using IPS (likely, as that's what ASUS is using for their 10.1" 1920x1200 panel), *VA, or PLS isn't all that important. TN sucks; everything else is a significant improvement in my book.
  • dagamer34 - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    The problem isn't the hardware, which I'm sure is excellent. The problem is the OS and apps, which a high resolution screen doesn't solve.
  • bplewis24 - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    You're not a great judge of software and hardware, then.
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 18, 2012 - link

    No problem for me, then. Personally I quite like a mature, stable OS with a vast selection of apps.
  • SalientKing - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - link

    The A500 was such a terrible product, I dont think i'll ever be going to Acer for a tablet again.

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