People hoping to get their hands on the Acer Iconia Tab A510 will have to spend some more time waiting for their dream to come true.
Anyone checking in with the online order page on Amazon
will have seen that there is an “item under review” notice.
“While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. […] We're working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.”
It turns out that Amazon isn't the one responsible for whatever issues the tablet has, but Acer itself.
The company posted on its German Facebook page
that a component used in the making of the slate was faulty.
Of course, in a stellar example of deliberate vagueness, we can't even begin to guess what component is faulty and in what way.
At any rate, since Iconia Tab
A510 and the 3G Iconia Tab A511 are variations of the A510, they have become temporarily unavailable as well.
It's a real shame that this happened. The Iconia Tab A510 is actually a fairly convenient device, in the US at least ($449). Amazon Europe has a tag of 599,99 Euro
strapped to it for some reason.
The Iconia Tab A510 uses an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (random access memory), 32 GB of NAND Flash storage space, stereo speakers, micro-USB, micro-HDMI, two cameras (5 MP back, 1 MP front), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and, of course, a 10.1-inch LCD (1,280 x 720 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio). All in all, it's a pretty decent slate, so we hope that whatever problems it has will be sorted out quickly.UPDATE (May 28):
It turns out that the tablet isn't faulty after all. Acer told us
it was just an internal misunderstanding and that the temporary unavailability was caused by a much higher demand than expected, nothing else.