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May 4, 2011

Acer’s 7-Inch Tablet: How Will Honeycomb Adapt?

By David Pierce

There's been some debate about what, if any, requirements there are for a device to run Android 3.0, known as "Honeycomb". Minimum screen sizes, resolutions, and all manner of other specs have been bandied about as possible cut-off points for this version of Android, which is clearly optimized for tablets. Acer on Wednesday, however, showed PCMag a tablet that would suggest there aren't any requirements at all, and that Honeycomb might be ready for more than the specs we've seen so far.

The Acer Iconia Tab A100, for which neither pricing nor availability have been announced (though it's already available, for 299 pounds, in the UK), is the 7-inch sibling of the Iconia Tab A500. Its specs are similar—Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor, dual cameras, bright screen, and Android 3.0. What's interesting, though, is that it's running a full version of Honeycomb on a screen with a resolution of 1,024-by-600, well below the 1,280-by-720 many people thought Honeycomb required for a tablet.

April 17, 2011

Update: Acer Iconia Tablets Arriving On Time

By Damon Poeter

Acer's Iconia media tablets have not been delayed, contrary to a story last week based on a report by the Inquirer that has since been corrected.

Originally citing Acer sources who "confirmed" delays to the Iconia Tab A500 and W500 tablets that would push back the release of those devices in the U.K. to May, the Inquirer now notes that the Windows-based Iconia Tab W500 is already available from Laptops Direct and other online retailers, while the Android Honeycomb-based A500 is available from Dixons.

In the U.S., Acer in early April began taking online pre-orders through Best Buy for the 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 running Google's third-generation Android operating system. Announcing the start of online pre-orders on April 8, Acer said the media tablet was set to go on sale in Best Buy stores on April 24.

April 15, 2011

Report: Acer Iconia Tablets Delayed Until May

By Damon Poeter

The Easter Bunny may have to wait until next year for an Acer Iconia Tab A500 or W500—the release of both tablets has reportedly been delayed until May 1.

"Confirmed delays" to Acer's Google Android-based Iconia Tab A500 and Microsoft Windows-based Iconia Tab W500 have pushed back the originally planned release date for those tablets by nearly a month, the Inquirer reported Wednesday.

In March, Acer said Iconia Tab A500 and W500 tablets would go on sale in the U.K. on April 8, according to the Inquirer.

The computer maker last week began taking online pre-orders through Best Buy for the 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Announcing the start of online pre-orders last Friday, Acer said the media tablet was set to go on sale in Best Buy stores on April 24.

As of Thursday, Best Buy was still promising an April 24 or 25 delivery date for Iconia Tab A500 tablets pre-ordered on the site and shipped via the $30 express option.

April 8, 2011

Acer Taking Pre-Orders For 10-Inch Iconia Tablet

By Damon Poeter

Can Acer succeed where so many others have struggled? The computer maker is the latest company to mount a challenge to Apple's dominant iPad with the release of its Android-based Iconia Tab A500 for pre-orders in the United States.

The 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet is the first from Acer to run Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb mobile operating system, and was made available for online pre-orders at Best Buy on Friday. Best Buy will offer in-store pre-ordering starting April 14 and the tablet will go on sale on April 24.

The $500 Wi-Fi-enabled tablet is powered by Nvidia's 1-GHz Tegra 250 Cortex A9 dual-core processor with integrated GeForce graphics and has 16 GB of storage and 1 GB of memory. The Iconia Tab A500 features include HD gaming, 1080p video and the ability to run multiple applications and digital media playback at the same time.

When reviewer Sascha Segan got his hands on an Iconia Tab A500 back in February, it wasn't quite the tablet it is today. That demo version was running Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), because Acer wasn't one of Google's Honeycomb launch partners and had to wait for Google to open-source the OS.