Acer America just introduced its Iconia Tab A100 7-inch tablet to the market Aug. 12. The slate costs $329.99 for an 8GB model, or $349.99 for the $16GB version.
Acer America Aug. 12 began selling its 7-inch Acer Iconia Tab A100
in the United States and Canada, adding a new
entry to the growing canon of tablet computers based on Google's Android
"Honeycomb" operating system.
The WiFi-only tablet, which has a TFT WSVGA display with
a 1024-by-600 resolution, is the smaller brother to the Acer Iconia Tab A500
, the 10.1-inch tablet the computer maker launched in April.
That Honeycomb device is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2
1GHz dual-core processor and weighs a hefty 1.7 pounds. Tab A100, which is also powered by the Tegra 2
dual-core chip and sports 1GB of RAM, weighs less than a pound and is half an
The Tab A100 runs the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb build
, which includes the ability to let users switch
between modes for normal layout resizing or no resizing.
Acer is touting the A100 as a multimedia powerhouse. To
wit, the machine comes preinstalled with Adobe Flash Player 10.3 to let users
access Web pages, games and videos. Users can choose to access the Google Movies
application, which pulls content from Google's YouTube movies selection to let
users rent and play movies on the A100.
The machine includes Acer LumiRead and Google Books electronic
reading applications to let consumers install and read electronic books.
The Acer A100 has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and
records HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second. The Tab also has a front-facing 2 megapixel camera that
serves as a Webcam for video chats.
The Tab A100 can also be connected to a TV with an HDMI
cable (sold separately) to let customers port HD videos in 1080p and games onto
a larger TV display. Users may tap the
Tab's Android sensors and gyroscopes to
use the slate as a game controller.
Acer has also put its own stamp on the A100 with a couple
applications. Social Jogger, a social media aggregator program, centralizes Facebook
and Twitter in one place. Acer's Day Planner application lists upcoming
Available in the United States now from Best Buy and other retail
stores and in Canada next month, the Tab A100 pricing is curious. The
8GB model starts at $329.99 in the United States, while the 16GB version costs
$349.99. For $20 more, who wouldn't buy the 16GB model?
At the 7-inch size, the Tab A100 is poised to challenge the HTC Evo View 4G tablet
for $399.99, and perhaps even the $499 BlackBerry PlayBook from Research In Motion.
All of the Android tablets and slates from other manufacturers are
chasing Apple's iPad, which has sold 30 million-plus units to date.
Engadget already reviewed the A100