HARDWARE MAKER Acer's Iconia Tab A100 tablet is available for pre-order for £299 with a release date of 20 April, while Sony is about to join the tablet rush.
Acer's 7-inch Android tablet, the Iconia Tab A100, has appeared on Amazon.co.uk for pre-order after The INQUIRER was told at Acer's briefing a few weeks ago that the A100 wasn't expected until May and would be priced around £329. The Acer Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet is priced at a reasonable £299 and Amazon says it will be released on 20 April.
Sony is also thought to be jumping into the tablet party this year. Bloomberg reported yesterday that Sony has plans to release an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet by the end of this summer that will initially be sold in the US.
The online appearance of the A100, meaning a surprise early arrival, is a shock at the least and even more when you consider Google's announcement of delays to the release of the Honeycomb operating system.
The A100 is one of three tablet offerings from Acer to appear this month. It has a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. Due to arrive this week are the Iconia Tab W500 and Iconia Tab A500, two 10-inch tablets running Windows 7 and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, respectively.
Although Acer had said the W500 Windows and A500 Android tablets were due to arrive on 6 April, Amazon currently has both tablets down for the same release date as the A100. Acer told The INQUIRER today that Amazon must have its dates wrong. µ