Acer launches 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, Iconia Tab A100

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Acer's tablet arsenal has grown one device stronger today with the arrival of its Iconia Tab A100, purportedly the first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb slate to wash up on North American shores. Priced at $329.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB), the A100 undercuts the cheapest 10.1-inch Iconia A500 (read our review here) by approximately $50 to $70. Despite that price reduction, very few features are sacrificed -- besides three inches of display, of course.

The A100 measures half an inch thick, weighs just shy of a pound and packs the same dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC used by its chubbier sibling. It carries a 1024x600 capacitive touchscreen, a 5MP rear-facing auto-focusing camera with an LED flash, a 2MP fixed-focus front-mounted webcam. Battery life is quoted at 4-5 hours when browsing the Web or streaming video over Wi-Fi (roughly half of the A500) and 4.5 when playing 720p videos locally.

As noted, the A100 is powered by Honeycomb, but Acer has "enhanced" Android's user interface with a graphical overlay. The company also provides its "" service, cross-platform media streaming solution that allows DLNA-compliant devices to access digital content from another computer or the cloud. It's worth noting that network access will require a Wi-Fi connection as there doesn't seem to be any support for WWAN -- just like the A500.

Other specifications include 1GB of DDR2 RAM, support for 32GB MicroSD cards, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a dock port, a micro-USB 2.0 port, a micro-HDMI output with support for 1080p content and dual displays, a hardware screen orientation lock, as well as a gyro-meter and e-compass. Optional accessories include a $69.99 Bluetooth keyboard, a $79.99 dock with an IR remote, and a $29.99 protective case. Units are available across North America today.

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