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MWC 2011 Acer's 10.1in Iconia Tab A500 wasn't the only tablet the PC giant announced this week: it also took the wraps off a 7in Android-based alternative and a second ten-incher, this one running Windows.

The W500 will come with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit runing on a 1GHz AMD C-50 chip with integrated Radeon graphics. Acer has packed in 2GB of DDR 3 memory and a 32GB SSD, plus Bluetooth 3.0 and 2.4GHz 802.11n for connectivity. A dock accessory has Ethernet too, and HSPA 3G is an option.

In addition to the dock connector, the W500 has HDMI, SD and USB portage. There's a "mini Sim" slot to use with the 3G version.

Acer Iconia Tab W500

Acer's Iconia Tab W500

The W500 weighs in at 970g with a three-cell, 3260mAh battery on board.

The 7in A100 is just 470g - falling to 450g if you choose the Wi-Fi-only model. Both are 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 250 dual-core units with 512MB of memory and 8GB of on-board storage. Want more? Stick in a Micro SD card.

The screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 - the W500 runs to 1280 x 800 - and this slate has both a 2Mp front-facing camera and a 5Mp one on the back.

Acer Iconia Tab A100

Iconia A100

Again, 2.4GHz 802.11n is present for networking, with HSPA 3G optional.

The Iconia W500 will go on sale early next month, while the A100 will be available in the UK towards the end of April. The A100's price is still TBC, but the W500 will retail for £449 - or £529 with a bundled keyboard accessory. ®

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