Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Hands-on
Acer was quiet on the tablet front up until now only to erupt with a number of devices for pretty much everyone out there. You might have heard about the Acer ICONIA TAB A500, expected to land on Verizon, and now the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 joins the family with a smaller 7-inch screen, but otherwise similar specs.
You are looking at a cute little slate with a single physical button on the front, very much like Apple's iPad in appearance. However don't be fooled by the small dimensions – underneath it sports NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset with the processor clocked at 1GHz. In addition, it has 512MB of DDR2 RAM, 8GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards.
That would all mean nothing without a suitable opearting system and that's why Acer's choice of Android Honeycomb seems right. Actually, you probably notice that the units displayed at MWC ran Froyo, but Acer promises the slate to be released with Honeycomb. The portable tablet will also be offered with an optional 3G module for more connectivity. The Acer ICONIA TAB A100 packs the standard Wi-Fi 802.1 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and the very welcome HDMI-out port. The battery promises 5 hours of continuous video entertainment at 720p HD quality. You can also record video with the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera equipped with flash, as well as with the 2-megapixel front-facing snapper, which is more suitable for video calls. That pretty much wraps everything about the ICONIA TAB A100 – expect to see it this summer for around $480. Not too bad for a Honeycomb tablet, right?