Well look at that – on the same day that Acer’s nailed down a date for updating its older tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s also started selling the new Iconia Tab A510. This revision of the A500 model includes a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and ships with Android 4.0. And if you care about such things, it’s also the “Olympic Edition”, which means you get a snazzy five-ring logo on the back. The Iconia Tab A510 is shipping now from Acer’s online store for $449, and should show up at retailers soon.
Other notable specs include a full gigabyte of RAM, a generous 32GB of storage and an integrated MicroSD card slot. Except for sales and promotions, that makes the Acer Iconia Tab A510 the cheapest Android tablet available with 32GB of space. The rear camera is 5 megapixels while the front shooter is a single megapixel, and the 10-inch screen uses the now-standard 1280×800 resolution. The tablet has some expansion options with a full-sized USB 2.0 port and HDMI-out. You can have any color you want, so long as you want black.
With Ice Cream Sandwich tablets arriving in earnest, prospective buyers have some options on their hands. ASUS’ new Transformer Pad 300 is expected to arrive next week for $399, packing mostly the same specs and 16GB of storage. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will have just 8GB of storage at the same price, but might have a quad-core Exynos processor when it arrives. You could go even lower with Archos’ 101 G9 Turbo for $329. Choices in the 10-inch and $400 range have never been wider, so it’ll be a sliding scale of brand, price and storage when all of them are available.