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Acer Stays in the Tablet Game With Low-Cost 10-Inch Model

While some thought Acer might pull back on tablets, the company is hoping to improve its fortunes with a budget-priced 10-inch tablet.

The Acer Iconia A200, set to go on sale Jan. 15, packs a full-size USB port, a micro-USB port and micro-SD card slot.

“Acer brings the Iconia Tab A200 to consumers at an affordable price, without making sacrifices on key tablet features such as expansion, connectivity to other devices, HD displays and cameras,” Acer’s Eric Ackerson said in a statement.

It remains to be seen whether the low price tag will be enough to make the device stand out in a crowded Android tablet market that has yet to really take off with consumers or businesses.

Initially, the A200 will run the Honeycomb version of Android, though Acer is promising that a free upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will be made available in February. An eight gigabyte model will sell for $329, and a 16GB version is priced at $349.

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