Acer Iconia Tab A200 has Tegra 2, Ice Cream Sandwich

A new Acer Android tablet is en route. The Iconia Tab A200 will pack a Tegra 2 processor and will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich.

Acer's got a brand new Android tablet. The Iconia Tab A200 will be on sale in the UK in early 2012, packing Ice Cream Sandwich and a Tegra 2 processor.

This 10.1-inch slab of robot-powered gadgetry will have the option of 8GB or 16GB of storage, and come in grey or red options. The back is patterned, with a 'soft touch' that we'd hazard means it's rubberised.

The A200 is set to weigh 720g and be 12.4mm thick, meaning it's not nearly as portable as the iPad 2, which is 8.8mm deep and tips the scales at 601g for the Wi-Fi only version.

It's packing 1GB of RAM and an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which isn't quite as new as the Tegra 3 chip that's going to be powering the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime . While there's a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, there's no snapper on the back, limiting your photographical adventures.

We've not been too impressed by Acer's past tablet efforts, and the hardware on offer is quite modest. But here's hoping that the less-than-mind-bending spec sheet equates to a lower price tag.

We're yet to find a single Android tablet that's really blown our socks off -- let's see if the addition of Ice Cream Sandwich next year can give these robot-powered slates a badly-needed boost.

The A200 will initially be available outside the UK running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but fear not -- those devices will be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich come January. It will be out over here in the first three months of 2012. 

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