Acer Iconia Tab A100 available now, running Android 3.2
Acer's press release page has officially announced availability of the Acer A100, indicating that the addition to the company's lineup is reportedly available now. The device comes with a blue back panel now, and beginning in October, will also appear in a cherry red fitting . As a brief refresher of the A100's specifications, this is a 7 inch device powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2, a 1024 X 600 display, and claiming 1080p output from its mini-HDMI connector. Potential customers may be most excited about the device coming pre-loaded with Android Honeycomb 3.2.
The Acer Iconia A100 represents a few firsts. It will be the first 7 inch tablet running Honeycomb out of the box from a major manufacturer to reach retail shelves. It will be part of the first wave of tablets to be in general consumer use running an official build of Android 3.2. To-date, only the Motorola Xoom and Asus Eee Pad Transformer have received official updates to the latest mobile OS version from Google.
For those who are poised to grab one of these, there should be some hope that the delay (Acer originally intended to launch the A100 in Q2 of this year) has given Acer time to work out any remaining kinks. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 also claims to do HDMI output at 1080p. However, in my own tests, the A500 was able to output from the HDMI connector at only 720p with Android 3.1. Hopefully Acer has taken the additional time to get this right on the A100.
Very few vendors show the device available for pre-order, with ExcaliberPC showing an ETA of 15 August.
The full press release from Acer is included below.