Acer America said today that its Iconia Tab W500, a 10.1-inch tablet running Microsoft Windows 7, is now available for sale now in the United States and will be available in Canada sometime in June.

Powered by an AMD C-50 processor, features of the new device include: a 1280x800 multi-touch screen; 2GB of DDR3 memory; 32GB solid state drive; SD carder; ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics; accelerometer; and two 1.3MP webcams, one each on the front and back.

The W500 also comes with a full-size chiclet docking keyboard which connects to the tablet via USB and holds the screen up at a comfortable viewing angle. The keyboard also provides docking station capabilities with extended connectivity of an Ethernet port and a USB port for external devices. Wireless-N and Bluetooth connectivity let you access the network and various devices when not docked.



Combined the W500 and keyboard weigh about three and a half pounds. The tablet weighs 2.14 pounds and measures 10.83(W) x 7.48(D) x 0.63(H) inches. The additional docking keyboard weighs 1.34 pounds and measures 10.83(W) x 7.48(D) x 0.43-0.77(H) inches.

Powering the W500 is a 3260 mAh Li-polymer battery pack which Acer claims delivers up to four hours of HD video playback or six hours of Internet browsing.

In the U.S., the Acer Iconia Tab W500 is available now in two models: the W500-BZ467 with Windows 7 Home Premium and the W500P-BZ841 with Windows 7 Professional which will sell for $550 and $619 respectively.

In Canada, the devices will be available by end of June. Presumably to keep cross border comparisons to a minimum, the Windows Home version will be known as the W500-BZ607 and sell for $600, a $50 premium over the equivalent U.S. model. The Windows 7 Professional will be known as Model W500P-BZ412 in Canada and will sell $650, a $31 premium.

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