Tablet PC enthusiasts in the US will have to wait a bit longer to lay their hands on the Acer Iconia Tab A100. It won’t be released until the third quarter of the year, that is in the July-September window, that the 7 inch Honeycomb tablet will start making an appearance in the American tablet landscape.
Specification wise, the Iconia Tab A100 is pretty much the same as any other Honeycomb tablet. It has the Nvidia Tegra 2 twin core processor, a camera built into the front and the rear, a micro USB port, an SD Card reader, as well as an HDMI port. However, the smaller 7 inch display also comes with a lower 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. This is lower than the 1280 x 800 pixels that the 10 inch Honeycomb counterparts usually have have, which has sparked off a debate of sorts. Nobody knows for sure what is the minimum screen resolution that a tablet running Android 3.0 can support. The lowest that was known until now has been 1,280 x 720 pixels, but the Iconia Tab A100 defies that with its 1024 x 600 pixel screen.
Another interesting aspect with the A100 is the presence of an off-screen Home button, which isn’t present in any tablet running Honeycomb so far. In fact, it has been a characteristic of the Honeycomb to have on-screen facilities for Home, Back, and Menu options that otherwise were built into the bezel of previous Android devices.