Asus and Acer have 10-inch quad-core Android tablets coming out this year, and the Transformer Prime HD and Iconia Tab A510 should both be pretty successful devices. For the Prime HD, it's success will depend on if it can take on the iPad 3, a tall order no doubt. For the Iconia Tab A510, it will more likely come down to price. If Acer's first quad-core tablet can debut at $450 or even $400, it will do well. It could happen too because the A500 debuted in 2011 at $450, and Acer has made its name in the tablet space as the main discount without sacrificing quality manufacturer.
Prime HD features the all new 1920x1200p HD resolution display, a significant upgrade over the 1280x800 display found on the original Prime. Speaking of which, the Prime HD will be also be compatible with the same keyboard dock that fits the Prime. That's where the Transformer part of the name comes in after all. The sold separately keyboard dock features more storage space (SD card reader), two full-size USB ports and extra battery power ($150). Additionally, Prime HD has the quad-core processor, Gorilla Glass, 32 gigabytes of storage, eight megapixel camera, Android 4.0, microSD card slot and micro-HDMI port. Although there's no release date or pricing available yet, it's rumored to be debuting at $600 sometime after April.
Acer, on the other hand, has been even more vague about a release date and pricing for the A510. They showed it off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but that was just a sneak peek. It features the quad-core processor, 1280x800p resolution, Android 4.0 and a five megapixel rear-facing camera. As the A500 successor, it's worth noting the A510 does not have a full-size USB port, something many A500 owners found to be very worthwhile. Without the full-size port, however, the A510 is a bit slimmer, and therefore lighter. The other big change from the A500 is the new plastic back as opposed to the aluminum. Again, some like the feel of the aluminum, but the plastic is lighter. Finally, Acer includes a software overlay with the A510, but it's not entirely intrusive if you're looking for a pure Google experience. This tablet battle is a draw until more information comes out about the A510 or until we get a full hands on with either device. Tell us in the comments what features you like about either tablet.
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