Monday, 15 August 2011

Acer - New 7 inch Android 3.2 tablet

Acer finally announced its new seven-inch tablet that runs Android 3.2, dubbed the Honeycomb OS, on a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
The new device sells for $330. The Iconia Tab A100 offers 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, 8 GB or 16 GB of flash storage, dual cameras, plus a Micro-SD slot as well as a Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports.
Acer formally announced its Iconia Tab A100 back in February but with few specifics.

The device was beaten to the market by the company's 10.1-inch tablet, the A500. It's claimed by Acer to be the first seven-inch tablet running Android 3.2.

Android 3.2 not only supports seven-inch tablets, but also provides a zoom mode that magnifies apps that were originally written for smartphones, instead of just awkwardly filling in chunks of the screen with blank space.
Acer has resisted the temptation to add a custom skin, but it does provide Adobe Flash 10.3 as well as a variety of applications on the A100 that reportedly cannot be uninstalled, including: the Aupeo online radio app; the NemoPlayer media player; the SocialJogger Twitter/Facebook client; and the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) client.
Like the A500, the A100 (above) uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor, plus an undisclosed amount of RAM (it's either 512 KB or 1 GB, according to conflicting third-party reports).
The tablet comes with 8GB or 16GB of flash storage, plus a side-accessible Micro-SD slot that accepts up to 32 GB, according to Acer. The device maker says the A100 has a vibrant capacitive touchscreen display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 75-degree viewing angle.
The A100 also has a micro-HDMI port that allows users to share full HD videos in 1080p resolution. But PCMag's review says that only 720p output is offered, so we're still not sure who's right here.
The A100 additionally provides dual cameras, one five megapixel and one two megapixels, and can record 720p video at up to 30 frames per second, according to Acer. Other hardware features include 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking, Bluetooth functionality, a headphone jack, and a micro-USB port, Acer says.
According to the company, the A100's 1530mAh lithium-polymer battery provides up to five hours of browsing with Wi-Fi, up to four hours of web-streamed video, and up to 4.5 hours of 720p video playback.
Although we didn't see it mentioned by Acer itself, the A100 also includes a docking port, according to PCMag. This allows adding an $80 desktop dock that has its own HDMI port plus support for a bundled infrared remote.
Specifications listed by Acer for the Iconia Tab A100 include:
  • Processor -- Nvidia Tegra 2
  • Memory -- RAM n/s; 8GB or 16GB of flash storage depending on model
  • Display:
    • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen
    • 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
    • 16:10 aspect ratio
    • 75-degree viewing angle
  • Cameras -- 5 megapixel autofocus and 2 megapixel fixed-focus
  • Expansion -- microSD slot
  • Networking:
    • WLAN -- 802.11a/b/g/n
    • PAN -- Bluetooth
  • Other I/O:
    • micro-USB port
    • docking port
    • micro-HDMI connector
    • headphone jack
  • Power -- 1530mAh battery provides up to five hours of operation
  • Dimensions -- 7.6 x 4.5 x .5 inches
  • Weight -- 14.7 ounces

According to Acer, the Icona Tab 100 is available now with 16 GB of flash storage for $349.99, or with 8 GB of flash for $329.99. More information may be found on the company's A100 product web page.

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