Looks like AT&T is getting a new tablet, a 4G one called the Iconia A501 and it’s from Acer. (If you didin’t get all that from the headline up there…) The Iconia A501 is powered by an Nvida Tegra 2 1Ghz CPU and it has an integrated GeForce GPU as well, all running Android Honeycomb. The screen is 10.1” and it has a resolution of 1280×800. There’s also an HDMI and USB 2.0 ports along with a 5mp rear camera and a 2mp front camera. Pricing will be $330 or $480 depending on which route you take with AT&T, meaning do you want a 2yr contract or not?!

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Here’s both press releases from AT&T and Acer for all the info:

AT&T PR:

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AT&T* today announced it will begin selling the Acer Iconia Tab A501, a 10.1 inch, AT&T 4G** mobile broadband capable tablet featuring Android™ Honeycomb, online at www.att.com and in AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide beginning Sunday, Sept. 18.

Designed for both consumers and small businesses, the newest wirelessly enabled member of the Acer Iconia family of tablets gives customers the freedom to enjoy technology around the clock on the AT&T mobile broadband network. AT&T’s HSPA+ technology with enhanced backhaul provides up to 4 times faster data transmission than AT&T’s already fast mobile broadband network.

The tablet’s 10.1-inch multi-touch screen provides precise finger-tip control for leveraging social media, email, productivity applications as well as games and entertainment. Powered by a NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce™ GPU, customers can enjoy high-definition video, speedy browsing, multi-tasking, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications.

“For tablet users it needs to be always on, connected, and readily available to access the content they want, including entertainment, social networking, email and Internet browsing,” said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T. “We’re connecting the Acer Iconia to the AT&T 4G network and we’re offering several data options, both prepaid and postpaid plans, to ensure the best experience, the best value and the greatest flexibility for our consumer and small business customers. We also plan to prominently feature the Acer Iconia in our AT&T stores across the country.”

“Fast and fluid, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is one of simplest ways to stay informed and entertained whether it’s playing games or viewing a video on its high resolution capacitive touchscreen,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. “This tablet is not only intuitive, but it’s svelte, stylish and comfortable to hold and carry, which appeals to consumers on the go.”

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 will be available at AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide and online beginning September 18 for $479.99. AT&T customers may also choose to purchase the Acer Iconia at a discounted price of $329.99 after committing to a two-year agreement for a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan.

Customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options:

  • Postpaid:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Customers on the 250 MB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $14.99 per 250 MB of overage. Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements.
  • Prepaid:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.

Offering the simplicity of a single bill, the postpaid option will show up on customers’ monthly wireless bill after the data is used. The new postpaid billing option will be available online at www.att.com and across AT&T retail locations.

For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Not available everywhere. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. Learn more at att.com/network.

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Acer America announced today that the Acer Iconia Tab A501 10.1 inch tablet with AT&T 4G(1) mobile broadband and Android™ Honeycomb will be available to customers in the U.S. via Acer’s national retail and channel partners this weekend.

Designed for both consumers and small businesses, the newest member of the Acer Iconia family of tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 gives customers the freedom to enjoy technology around the clock on the AT&T mobile broadband network. The HSPA+ technology with enhanced backhaul provides up to 4x faster data transmission.

The Acer Iconia Tab A501’s 10.1-inch multi-touch screen provides precise finger-tip control for leveraging social media, email, productivity applications as well as games and entertainment. Powered by a NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce™ GPU, customers can enjoy high-definition video, speedy browsing, multi-tasking, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications.

“Staying in touch, informed, productive and entertained has never been so easy,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. “Whether it’s posting a birth announcement on Facebook or staying connected to the office via email, people are connecting more online and in a more personal way. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 with AT&T 4G provides our customers with one of the fastest and most fluid ways to stay on the cutting-edge of technology and at the center of what’s happening in the world today. The Iconia Tab A501 is not only intuitive, but it’s fashionable, which is important to mobile consumers.”

High-Performance, Feature-Rich Entertainment in a Chic Design
Svelte and stylish, the Acer Iconia Tab A501’s elegant aesthetics tout a high-gloss finish with an appealing engraved pattern for a flash of style. The Alpine Silver brushed metal aluminum chassis is comfortable to hold and carry. It’s also very portable. The thin and light aluminum design weighs just 1.69 pounds and measures only 10.24(w) x 6.97(d) x 0.52(h)-inches, so it fits nicely in a hand bag, briefcase or backpack.

Designed for HD entertainment, the 10.1-inch capacitive touch-screen tablet is undeniably accurate and responsive. Its high-resolution 1280×800 TFT WXGA display provides an optimal 80-degree wide viewing angle and the high-color contrast allows customers to enjoy brilliant HD video in 16:10 aspect ratio. The ample 10.1-inch size is perfect for movies, games, social networking and scrolling through photos.

Fun on the Run
Dolby® Mobile technology with heightened audio makes the tablet a convenient medium for listening to online music when connected to a pair of external portable speakers. Via its HDMI port, customers can also use the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to display full high-definition video on a high-definition big screen TV or monitor. The system offers a full size USB 2.0 port for hooking up peripherals and it also includes a Micro SDHC slot and micro USB port.

Two integrated easy-to-use cameras include a 5MP rear-facing model with flash and auto-focus for capturing detailed, high-quality video and images. The 2MP fixed-focused front-facing webcam enables video conferencing over wi-fi and records HD video and comments for capturing memories, which can be shared via social networking sites.

With its 10-point touch display and six-axis motion sensor meter control, this leading-edge tablet smoothly runs premium HD arcade and online games on par with high-end game consoles.

The built-in GPS can be combined with various apps to enable customers to enjoy navigation and location-searches while traveling and driving. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

Readers will appreciate that the new tablet comes pre-installed with Acer LumiRead and Google Books™ eReading apps. An ambient sensor enables the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to be used in many types of environments, while the integrated accelerometer allows auto-rotation between portrait and landscape modes for viewing movies, websites, games and more.

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 has long battery life with two 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries that provide up to eight hours of playback for casual games, eight hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of WiFi Internet browsing.(2)

With two different models available, including one with 16GB of flash storage(3) and another with 32GB(3), the Acer Iconia Tab A501 gives customers extremely fast access to programs and apps. The Micro-SD card reader supports user-supplied Micro-SD cards with capacity up to 32GB, so customers can download their own digital content, including videos, movies and eBooks.

Customers can connect to Wi-Fi networks via Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless technology. They can also set up multiple email addresses and view Microsoft Office® documents using the trial version of the “Docs to Go” app for getting things done quickly.

Easy Does It with Android™ Honeycomb

The advances in Android™ Honeycomb build on the Acer Iconia Tab A501’s high-performance design to deliver customers a simple, intuitive and fun mobile experience. Optimized for a tablet environment, the Android™ OS provides fluid, on the go browsing with features that make spending time online fun and productive.

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 can be customized with Android™ apps of the customer’s choice from the Android™ Market and other Android™-based app sites.

Seamless Home Networking Via clear.fi

Acer Iconia Tab A501 comes with Acer clear.fi, which connects with any other DLNA-compliant device to quickly and easily share digital media. It automatically detects clear-fi-enabled devices on the wireless home network (smartphones, notebooks, HD media players, etc.) and gathers and organizes media files by type (video, music, photo, pre-recorded TV).

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 will be available in the U.S. at national retail stores on Sunday, Sept. 18. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.99 for the 16GB model and $549.99 for the 32GB model. AT&T session based data plans are available from online retailers and Acer’s channel partners with pricing of $15.00 for 250MB and $25.00 for 2GB. Monthly based subscription plans can be purchased at AT&T stores.

About Acer

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks.(4) A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company’s continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach effectively integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer strives to design environmentally friendly products and establish a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 8,000 people worldwide. Revenues for 2010 reached US$19.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

© 2011 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail price and may vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra.

1.) 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G compatible device. Learn more at att.com/network. AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc., under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2.) Battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and application or features launched. All batteries’ maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.

3.) Accessible capacity varies: MB =1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes

4.) Source: Gartner data, FY2010

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