Acer Joining Android Tablet Fray With $499 Iconia At Best Buy

Acer Gaming Iconia A500

Acer’s first tablet is ready for preorders through Best Buy, as one of the companies most closely identified with the netbook tries its hand at a different flavor of mobile computing.

Clearly Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is starting to get the code straightened out for Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, with more and more hardware companies starting to reveal specific plans for Honeycomb tablets. Acer’s Iconia A500 tablet was first announced at CES, and it has learned the pricing lessons taught by the less-than-enthusiastic response to Motorola’s Xoom; Acer will launch the A500 through Best Buy as a Wi-Fi only model for $499, with orders expected to ship later in April.

It’s a particularly interesting situation for Acer, which recently parted ways with its CEO over differences in strategy over how to preserve the company’s legacy low-end PC and netbook business while dealing with the threats posed by smartphones and tablets. Growth rates in those legacy markets are expected to slow this year, according to Gartner, and Acer is a bit behind competitors like Motorola (NYSE: MMI) and Samsung when it comes to making an Android name for itself.

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