Acer’s new Iconia A700 targets the HD tablet market

Acer is looking to grab a share of the HD Android tablet market with its new Iconia A700 tablet that hits the Canadian and U.S. markets today.

Presales start today on the device, which sports a 10.1-inch full HDmultitouch screen with 1920×1200 resolution. It runs on the Android’sIce Cream Sandwich operating system.

Acer is touting a battery life of up to 13 hours on the unit, whichweighs in at just over 1.4 lbs, which is rather hefty compared to othertablets on the market these days. You get 32GB of storage and 1024MB ofDDR2 memory plus a both front- and rear-facing cameras, the latter withauto focus.

Acer’s Iconia A700 tablet isavailable for presales in Canada starting today.

For connectivity the A700 comes with micro USB 2.0 and micro HDMI portsand a micro SD memory slot.

For those who like to get a lot of extras bundled in, this tablet comeswith Google Play Books and Amazon Kindle software, Evernote, Netflix,YouTube, Google+ and Google Talk.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $449.99.

Acer, which has suffered from lagging sales, ispulling out all thestops to claw its way back. Its Iconia A510 tablet hit the U.S. andCanadian markets in March and earlier this month, the company unveiledvarious hybrid tablet/laptop/ultrabook devices at theComputex show inTaipei featuring Windows 8, Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and flexibledesign configurations.

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