10-inch, Android 3.0-powered Acer slate to cost $449

— 9:34 AM on April 8, 2011

Acer looks to have a real, potentially attractive iPad competitor coming our way. PC World reports that the Iconia Tab A500, a 10.1" design with Wi-Fi connectivity, Android 3.0, and Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip, will ship Stateside on April 24. The best part? Acer will charge $449 for it, undercutting Apple's iPad 2 by 50 bucks.

The Acer device will apparently be a tad heavier and bulkier than the Apple slate, with a weight of 1.69 lbs and a thickness of 0.52" "at its thinnest point." Still, the rest of the specs look competitive: 10 hours of web surfing run time, 16GB of internal storage, five-megapixel rear and two-megapixel front cameras, and a MicroSD card slot—something the iPad 2 doesn't offer without a $29 adapter.

PC World says the Iconia Tab A500 premiered at CES, and it does sound a whole lot like that prototype we saw running Dungeon Defenders at the show. We were told that model had a 9", 16:9 display, though. Either way, the Tegra 2 chip inside has enough brawn for real 3D gaming.

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