Come September and German tablet buyers will have one more option in the form of the Acer Iconia Tab A100. With a 7 inch display, one of the most notable feature of the A100 is its operating system, which being Android Honeycomb will surely make it one of the very few among the 7 inchers to run the latest Android. Also, to have Honeycomb right out of the box will make the A100 one of the selected few among the 7 inch class of tablet where most others are either in the process of upgrading to Honeycomb or are thinking of doing so.
This apart, the other notable tablet news emanating from the Acer camp is a new enhanced version of its Iconia Tab A500 duly re-christened the A501. As per the FCC Permissive Change notice, the enhancement with the A501 comes in the form of an increase in its internal memory to 64 GB. This is an increase from the 16 and 32 models already available.
Apart from the memory bump, the A501 is also expected to get new Liteon image sensor, a new touchscreen, and Hynix DDR2 memory all of which will no doubt lead to a better over all experience with the tablet. The rest of the A501’s specs are however likely to remains the same as its A500 counterpart. Also the reason why the increase in the tablet’s on-board storage is special is because Android Honeycomb bars the use of external memory for installing apps. So while SD cards can help achieve the 64 GB or even more of storage capacity, in case of Honeycomb, that can only be used for storing music, video or other documents files and such.
It is for these reason that the A501 can be much sought after, more so since it will be the only tablet running Android to offer 64 GB of built-in storage once it is released later in the summer. The A501 will also find itself in direct competition with the high end 64 GB iPad though its not yet clear as to who will get to enjoy the price benefit. Acer is yet to reveal the pricing structure for the Iconia Tab A501.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email