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.