Even though the company’s previous tablet offering at $450 may not have been a very good deal, Acer has been hard at work on the next tablet in their Iconia Tab line of devices. The new Iconia Tab A700 has been leaked before, and in that leak we learned that the device would probably have a 1920×1200 display, and speculated that it would also have a Tegra 3 processor. Both of those leaks turned out to be true, so when the A700 went up for sale from Acer just yesterday, it officially became the first Android tablet on the market with an HD display.
With the ASUS Transformer Prime HD/Transformer Pad Infinity due out any day now, the Acer just barely managed to beat the competition to market with their tablet. Still, they currently have the highest resolution Android 4.0 tablet available on the market right now, and the rest of the specs seem to match up with the high-end position of the tablet. Just as expected, the A700 includes a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core SOC behind the 10.1-inch display, 1GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, dual cameras (5MP rear and 1MP front) and a microHDMI port. All this hardware will set you back $449 for the 32GB model, which seems just a little bit too high to have mass appeal. Also, just as with the original A500, Acer seems to have sacrificed portability and build quality, as the A700 weighs in at 1.5 pounds and is just under half an inch thick.
Acer has had some problems with display quality in the past, such as bad viewing angles and poor colors affecting its other tablet offerings. I wouldn’t compare it to the new iPad’s “Retina Display,” but this new HD panel should be much better. Their industrial design and build quality too have been called into question, and while I actually liked the metal A500, many didn’t. Still, I think that it may be worth giving the manufacturer another try with the A700, as the tablet actually has some good specifications and may end up being a decent piece of hardware.[Acer via Engadget]