It appears that Acer has finally successfully managed to shove Honeycomb into a seven-inch package. The Acer Iconia A100, heavily delayed because of incompatibility between its software and hardware components, has appeared at Wal-Mart. And it is cheap.
While Honeycomb should soon be much friendlier toward seven-inch tablets when the next update, Android 3.2, is released, it appears that Acer has finally managed to get the older version of the OS to work with the A100 as indicated by the appearance of price tags and advertisements at at least one Wal-Mart location.
The listing at this Wal-Mart priced the A100 at $349, adding it to the ranks of increasingly budget-priced tablets that still sport something of a brand name.
The A100 comes as the little brother to the A500, both in Acer’s growing Iconia line of notebooks and tablets. In our Iconia A500 review, we found the tablet to be generally capable, although a bit oversized and bulky. The A100 will obviously remediate that main complaint with its small screen and size.
An official launch date is still not known, but it should be just around the corner considering the preparatory steps Wal-Mart has taken.