Update: The 10.1-inch big brother of the A100, the A500, is also available for pre-order and ships on April 20, though it will cost you the substantially larger sum of £449. Why? It's packing an LED-backlit display (as opposed to LCD), 32GB of HDD space, and 1GB of RAM.


This one only applies to our friends across the pond for the moment, but Acer's first attempt at an Android 3.0 tablet has just gone up for pre-order on Amazon UK. It will ship on April 20, and it'll set you back a paltry £299.


With 512KB of RAM, my printer is giving the A100 a run for its money (Amazon typo much?)

This is without a doubt the most competitively priced piece of Honeycomb hardware we've seen to date, but its specs appear markedly different from the 7" prototype Android tablet we saw at one of Acer's press conferences last year.

Gone are the WXVGA display (it's now the much less exciting WSVGA) and dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm chipset (It's now the cheaper, bulkier Tegra 250). In fact, it doesn't even really look the same. Is it possible Acer will release a second, higher-end 7" Android tablet as a premium device? Sure, but at this point it looks like the famously budget-minded manufacturer opted for some cost-cutting upon realizing its original specs couldn't get the device down to an Acer-acceptable price point.

Acer has said its Android offerings will make their way to US, so if this tablet does show up stateside, expect a price tag between $300-350. When that'll happen is anyone's guess.

Will the A100 be worth the shiny plastic it's encased in? We're not keeping our hopes up.