Acer Iconia A510 vs Iconia A500

Published on April 21st, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is finally available at our local stores. The Acer Iconia A510 is the successor of Iconia A500, an improved and upgraded version. The Iconia A510 is more powerful and faster, yet it’s lighter and smaller in dimension compared to the A500. Let’s compare their specifications side by side, and see what has changed.


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 Acer Iconia Tab A510Acer Iconia Tab A500
Operating SystemAndroid v4 Ice Cream SandwhichAndroid v3.2 Honeycomb
ChipsetNvidia Tegra 3Nvidia Tegra 2
ProcessorQuad Core 1.3GHz1GHz Dual Core Cortex A9
GPUULP 12 Core GeForceULP GeForce
Dimensions259.1 x 175.3 x 10.2 mm260 x 177 x 13.3 mm
Weight680 grams730 g
DisplayCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsActive Matrix TFT Color LCD, 256K
10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi pixel density10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi pixel density
Acer UI
Rear Camera5 megapixel at 2592x1944 pixel with AF5 megapixel at 2592x1944 pixel with AF
Front Camera1 megapixel2 megapixel
SpeakerStereo with Dolby Mobile 3 TechnologyStero Speakers
Audio Connectors3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Memory Internal1GB DDR2 RAM, 32GB1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB/32GB Storage
Memory ExternalmicroSD up to 32GBmicroSD up to 32GB
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1+EDRBluetooth 2.1 +A2DP, EDR
1 micro USB 2.01 micro USB 2.0
1 micro HDMI1 micro HDMI
SensorsG-Sensor, E-Compass, L Sensor, Gyro-meterG-Sensor, E-Compass, L Sensor, Gyro-meter
BatteryLi-Ion 9800 mAhLi-Po 3260 mAh


At first look, you will not notice any difference in its display. Both of the Acer Iconia A510 and Iconia A500 has the same 10.1-inch LCD display, at 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. But despite the size and the resolution, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 has more colors compared to A500. The Iconia A510 is capable of 16 million colors, whereas the A500 has only 256,000 colors. This means that the images in the Iconia A510 are more vivid compared to the A500.

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Processing Power and Performance

It’s pretty obvious, there is no debate in here, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 is much faster and has more processing power compared to the Iconia A500. The Iconia A510 is powered by the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Whereas the Iconia A500 is powered by the previous Tegra 2 dual core processor, based on Cortex A9 architecture, clocked at 1GHz.

Operating System

Out of the box, the Acer Iconia A510 runs on the latest Android v4 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Iconia A500, by default, runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The Ice Cream Sandwich is the better Operating System, since it has an improved appearance and performs better. But it’s not really a big issue, since you can upgrade the Iconia A500 to ICS also.

Size and Weight

The Acer Iconia A510 is slightly smaller in terms of its dimension by a few millimeters. But Acer has managed to remove 50 grams from A510’s weight compared to the A500 which weighs 730 grams. Weight is important, since you don’t to go around carrying a heavy tablet.

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Battery Life

The battery life has also improved. From 3260mAh Li-Po of the A500, to 9800mAh of the Acer Iconia A510. Because of the upgrade, battery life has also increased from 6 hours, to up to 15hrs. Now you can use your tablet longer.

This is also a necessary upgrade since quad core processors are known to drain more juice compared to dual core processors. But with the help of NVIDIA 4-PLUS-1 technology, power is conserved through the +1 core which is the Battery Saver Core.


Surprisingly, as of today, the 32GB Acer Iconia A510 is cheaper compared to the 32GB Acer Iconia A500. I do not know why. But the Iconia A510 is definitely a steal. I’m sure prices will change soon, its either the Iconia A510 price will goes up, or the Iconia A500 price will go down. Below are today’s best price.

For the Acer Iconia A510, we have the Olympic Black Edition and Olympic Silver Edition. Below are Iconia A510 best price as of today.

For the Acer Iconia Tab A500, we have the 8GB, 16GB and the 32GB version.

Which one will you choose? I’d definitely go for the Acer Iconia A510, over the A500. It has better specifications compared to the later, plus it’s cheaper.

You might also want to compare Acer Iconia Tab A510 vs Asus Transformer Prime TF201 and Asus Transformer Pad TF300 vs Acer Iconia Tab A510.

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