Acer Iconia Tab A100 release date delayed to the second half of 2011
Acer has delayed its Iconia Tab A100 tablet until later this year, after missing the intended shipping date of 14 May. A rumor from a Polish website stating that Acer A100 has been cancelled later formed the basis for Engadget to question Acer’s PR team regarding the release date. Acer denied scrapping the tablet, as reported by the Polish website, since the Taiwan based manufacturer’s official website had removed the 7-inch tablet from its upcoming devices.
Acer reps told the site that the A100 has not been scrapped, however, contrary to other reports that appeared earlier this week. In April, reported delays to two 10.1-inch tablets from Acer—the Iconia Tab A500, also running the third-generation Android mobile OS, and the Microsoft Windows-based Iconia Tab W500—proved to be false.
Both the A500 and W500 were released on schedule in late April and are available at Best Buy and B&H in the U.S., and through other channels.
Entry-level tablet A100 running the operating system Android 3.0 (which is now possible to upgrade to version 3.1), processor-based Tegra 2, has a 7-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 512MB RAM and 8GB flash memory, support WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as two cameras. The battery plate is designed for 5 hours of battery life.
The delay comes as a disappointment to anyone looking for a Honeycomb tablet on a shoestring; with a UK price of £299.99, the dual-core Iconia Tab A100 would have been the cheapest Honeycomb slate around.
What is clear is that the A100 was one of the most highly anticipated smaller-than-10″ Android tablets, thanks in no small part to the fact that it was supposed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the gate (and not 2.3 Gingerbread, such as the HTC Flyer), and that it was going to have a very nice price/features ratio.