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Acer, Toshiba 10-Inch Android Tablets Coming to U.S. for Under $500?

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In addition to HTC bringing a 10-inch slate and the HP webOS TouchPad pricing leak, it looks like a slew of tablets will be getting released this summer for under $500 from Acer and Toshiba, according to a leaked document obtained by PreCentral.

In April, Acer will release a 7-inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet with dual-core processor and with the same high resolution 1,280 X 800 pixel screen that’s found on the 10-inch Motorola Xoom tablet; having that many pixels crammed onto a smaller display will make the 7-inch Acer Android tablet appear sharper than the Xoom. The tablet was previously announced with Adobe Flash 10.1 support, a front-facing camera, Dolby sound, and 3G support, though it’s unknown if this one will be a 3G model or a WiFi-only model at the astounding $400 price point. At that price point, Samsung’s only now rumored to be re-releasing its Galaxy Tab in a WiFi-only flavor with lower specs–single-core CPU and lower resolution 1,024 X 600 display.

In June, in addition to a 10-inch HTC Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we had reported earlier, we’re going to see Toshiba’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb along with Acer’s Honeycomb tablet in the same screen size. Acer’s 10-inch tablet will be priced at $450 and Toshiba’s offering will come in at a penny shy of $500.

The leaked document is part of a retail roadmap from a major, but un-named retailer.

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8 Comments

  1. Dara Parsavand

    03/15/2011 at 5:06 pm

    Why wouldn’t it run Honeycomb if it is trying to directly compete with the Xoom? Not sure I’m in the market for a 7″ tablet (or any tablet) as they are still too big to put in my pocket (even a jacket pocket), but I wouldn’t describe 216 DPI on a 7″ 1280×800 device as “crammed”. This density isn’t any higher than the Evo 4G at 217 DPI.

    If I were selling hardware, I’d be more inclined to push the DPI up to 300 and trim resolution a bit to 1280×768 (good enough for most web pages, but the smaller width is helpful for form factor). This corresponds to a display diagonal of 5″ which if you trim the borders way down from a Dell Streak (also a 5″ display), you get something that is truly pocketable – and no reason it still can’t run Honeycomb.

    Note: Hitachi announced a prototype 4.27″ 1280×720 that they want to bring to market, so I’m not suggesting anything that is way off the current track of devices. That might not be a bad form factor either, but I like as much screen real estate as can get into my pocket.

  2. Isaac Kim

    03/15/2011 at 6:10 pm

    I have to agree with Dara’s post.
    Why wouldn’t you atleast you use honeycomb. and who uses a 7 inch tablet?
    Not small or big enough, somewhere in the middle doesnt work for me.

    But im happy with the $500 starting price.
    in for the toshiba

  3. Anonymous

    03/15/2011 at 8:53 pm

    A thin 7in tablet with a skinny bezel (side bezel of a cell phone skinny) would be great. Something the thickness of the Kindle 3 and maybe even a little smaller length and width would be quite pocketable for me.

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    03/16/2011 at 12:44 pm

    i didn’t know that toshiba deals with devices like that. interesting to know if the result is impressive..

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