Acer Iconia Tab A100 unveiled at IFA 2011

Budget 7" Flyer competitor revealed by Acer at IFA

Acer Iconia Tab A100 undercuts other 7-inch tablets, but might it lose out to the larger smartphones?

Not to be left out in the rash of tablet announcements in Berlin, Acer has thrown its hat into the ring with the Acer Iconia Tab A100, just announced at IFA 2011.

Coming in at a lower price point than other Android tablets on the market (£299 at launch, compared to the £400-£500 price tags attached to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Motorola Xoom), the Iconia Tab A100 also plumps for a smaller, 7-inch display to fit into the same, ebook reader-sized bracket as the BlackBerry PlayBook and the HTC Flyer.

Behind the 1024x600 display the Iconia Tab AT100 rocks the same 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor found in the Galaxy Tab and the Xoom, 512MB RAM and the standard one-front-one-back camera setup for video calling and regular photo snapping (5MP on the back, 2MP on the front).

Coming pre-loaded with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the Iconia Tab A100 is a direct competitor for the 7-inch HTC Flyer, with similar specs across the board and an asking price of about £150 less, making it at first glance the better buy. We can't help but wonder, however, how much of a future there is in the 7-inch mini-tablet. With Acer already announcing a 4.8-inch Iconia Smartphone at IFA, and Samsung closing the size gap between smartphones and tablets with the 4.3-inch Galaxy S2 and recently-announced 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, splashing another £300+ on a tablet that only adds two inches of screen real estate seems like a big ask.

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