Acer has maintained itself as one of the most competitive in the tablet market. Not because of their great tablets, though most mid-to-high-end tablets had almost identical specs in 2011, but because of their prices. Acer has just announced the brand new Iconia Tab A200, and it looks like 2012 will be a good year for affordable tablets.

Later this year, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is predicting a price drop for Tegra 3 tablets to under $300. Things are not quite as beautiful yet, but we are getting there. This Tegra 2 device has a 2 MP front-facing camera, a 1280x800p resolution, and also comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port. Not to mention the fact that Acer is promising an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to come during mid-February.

The promise of having Android’s latest and greatest version makes a device much more desirable. What really makes this bad boy stand out from the crowd is its price, though. The A200 will run for $329.99 for the 8 GB version, while the 16 GB version will cost you $349.99. And if those internal storage options don’t tickle your fancy, the tablet also has a microSD slot for expansion.

That is about the most affordable upgrade we have seen. Getting twice the internal storage for an extra $20 is something that we definitely do not see often. Upgrades usually run for $50 at the least.

Regardless, both tablets are very affordable for what they offer. It will be a great deal for those that want Ice Cream Sandwich, but do not want to pocket out $500 for a device like the Transformer Prime, with its quad-core super-guts. If interested, the device will be released coming January 15, so stay tuned for more details. We will probably be playing around with this one at CES.


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