Acer announces A100 tablet: 7 inch, Android Honeycomb, sub-$500

Tablets are all the rage right now, and Acer is looking to capitalise on that fact with a new tablet that bundles in much of what’s currently hot in 10 inch Android tablets while making it just a tad smaller.

Set to be released in early September for $479, the Acer Iconia A100 Tab takes the 7 inch widescreen form factor seen on tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Telstra T-Touch Tab and gives it a refresh.

Instead of the older Android OS usually reserved for phones, you’ll find Google Android Honeycomb here, this time in the latest 3.2 version. Like other 10 inch Android tablets we’ve seen lately, you’ll find the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor powering this, as well as either 8GB or 16GB storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, 2 megapixel front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, support for microSD, and HDMI out.

It’s also much lighter than the 10 inch tablets, weighing under 410 grams.

We’ll know more about it in the next few weeks when we get our hands on it. Until then, look lovingly at the A100 image below and see if you can picture yourself using it.

  1. Have been using a Kogan 7″ Tablet – was very happy with it – especially at the price and hooked up to a pocket wi-fi all good.  But the damn things dont bounce.  Drop my ipod every day, but have dropped the Kogan twice and killed it second time.  They fixed it first time but pronounced it dead second time and could only offer me 10% off a new unit as consolation (Only 10%?  No thanks).

    Will these Acer’s “bounce” a little do you think?  Or should I just steer clear of tablets if I think I may drop it one day?  Or if I am accident prone should I get someting more robust like an iPad and be done with it?

    1. I’m not even sure if I’d consider the iPad strong enough to survive a drop, although I have seen some get out of some pretty nasty falls without any cracks.

      When the first iPad came out, I remember finding some sort of case that used bouncy balls as a means of protection from harsh drops. Maybe that would work?

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