February 14, 2011 | by Michael Heller
Acer is throwing its hat into the Android tablet ring with a pair of offerings: the 7″ A100 and the 10″ A500. The trouble is that the display models at MWC were not finalized designs, so it’s hard to get a real handle on what to expect. Both tablets are expected to have Honeycomb at launch, but the display models were running Froyo (on the A100) and Gingerbread (on the A500).
Both tablets feature the increasingly ubiquitous Tegra 2 processor, plus 5 Mp rear camera, 2 MP front camera, HDMI output, and full size USB port. Both are encased in aluminum unibody chassis, and lack physical function buttons (as is the trend with Honeycomb tabs). The only difference in specs is, obviously, the screen. The A100 has a 7″ screen with a 1024×600 resolution; and, the A500 has a 10″ screen with a 1280×768 resolution.
No news on a release date, price or availability of a WiFi only model, but it seems likely that they’ll be out in stores no later than Q2. I also must say, it’s very nice to see a company putting out a 7″ tablet that will be running Honeycomb at launch, instead of following Samsung’s lead and loading up Froyo or Gingerbread.