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Acer's 7-inch Tablet Launching in August at $300

Its been a long, long time since we first clapped eyes on Acer's Iconia Tab A100 tablet. The company unveiled the slate last fall, at a special event in NYC, and showed it off again at CES. It was scheduled for launch in May but delayed due to compatibility issues with Honeycomb. Since then, Acer hasn't exactly been itching to tell us when the 7-inch A100 is going to hit stores.

Today, things changed. Engadget cites an anonymous tipster in reporting that an email sent out to Acer retail partners says the tablet will launch in August (which, in case you hadn't noticed, starts on Monday). The A100 boasts Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, a 7-inch 1024x600 display, 512MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Google's Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb) OS.

The A100 joins the A500, Acer's 10-inch offering that launched in April of this year. Word on the street is that the A100 will retail for $300. The A500 currently retails for $400 on Newegg.

  • christop
    Not bad for 300 bucks..
  • molo9000
    7" is too small (I know...that's what she said...)

    What I want are 11"-12" tablets that are just as light as current 10" tablets (i.e. 600g).
  • belardo
    7" models will have a place... But there needs to be a 3G version. For service trucks, A 10 inch tablet is more likely to be damage. Price is good...
  • AbdullahG
    I don't know, a $300 dollar, 7" tablet it doesn't seem like an attractive deal to me. It seems pretty thick as well. Just asking, doesn't it look like a laptop when your looking at it's back to anyone else or is it just me?
  • house70
    AbdullahGI don't know, a $300 dollar, 7" tablet it doesn't seem like an attractive deal to me. It seems pretty thick as well. Just asking, doesn't it look like a laptop when your looking at it's back to anyone else or is it just me?It's just you.
  • AbdullahG
    otacon72What I want is a tablet that runs a real OS and can actually do something productive instead of just play angry birds. I can play Angry Birds on my Droid 3.
  • pfjn

    I hear what your saying. Its hard to figure out what role some of these new app running tablets are meant to fill. If you have a decent smart phone, its hard to see the benefit of a little bit larger device that just runs many of the same apps.

    On the flip side of this though, my experience with previous tablets that run full fledged operating systems (like Windows, etc) are that they are great at many things, but can be a bit too slow in starting up (and maybe too short in battery life) for use in doing simple stuff like quickly checking emails and/or surfing the web or running simple apps.

    Maybe if Acer (or others) could get the price of their next generation 7inch tablets a bit lower they could fill a better niche for those of us who don't use smart phones but want something capable of doing the simple stuff that doesn't require a full featured computer (though if the next gen full operating system tablets can be made to start up faster and if their battery life can be increased, that might alleviate the need for a lower cost app running tablet for many users).


  • razor512
    It is far too close to the netbook price range.

    Tablets need to come down in price to the $100, low $200 range. Going into the $300 range is crazy considering a much more functional netbook or entry level laptop can be had, and in the case of the more expensive tablets, they tend to get into the performance laptop price range.

    And giving the size of a tablet, the transport arrangements are similar for a tablet as it is for a netbook or laptop (the footprint is very close and you cant stick the tablet in your pocket)

    For the price of a more expensive tablet such as a ipad, I was able to get a acer laptop with a radeon HD 6650 1GB, Phenom II x4 CPU, 4GB memory, 500Gb hard drive, 15.6 inch screen, and a bunch of other useless features

    With a tablet you are basically getting slower hardware, you are loosing a physical keyboard for a harder to use onscreen keyboard that takes up most of your screen, and a touch screen which means (try enjoying that movie with smudges and dirt in the way of the picture)

    PS even with the dual core android tablets, they still lag with flash while a modern laptop will not have that issue and you will be able to use a wider range of flash content and have a more functional OS that wont randomly quit background apps)

  • Thor
    I wait to a electronic color ink with size of 8.5" x 11".

    7" is really too small.
    And to read during hour, LCD, Plasma, are really too bad.
    Hope in less than 5 year we can have a real tablet to read magazine (8.5"x 11") and paper (11" x 17" tablet)
  • enzo matrix
    What we need, is Flexi.