Acer readies smaller, cheaper Tegra 2 slate

The Iconia Tab A500 isn't even available Stateside yet, and already the rumor mill has ground out details about another, cheaper offering due out soon. According to DigiTimes, Acer is getting ready to introduce the Iconia Tab A100, which will have a 7" display and a lower price tag than the 10.1", $449 A500 model.

Quoting "sources from component makers," DigiTimes goes on to say the 7" A100 device will feature an Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip and Google's Android 3.0 operating system, just like its big brother. Compal will reportedly manufacture the device. Acer is said to be shooting for a "late April or May" release time frame.

Interestingly, the site claims Acer used surveys to determine that 7" slates are used differently from their 10" brethren, since their small size allows them to be held in one hand comfortably. (As thin and light as devices like the iPad 2 are, they're still relatively heavy.) Acer "internally believes" that 7" slates are particularly attractive to women, as well.

Women might not be the only ones to find the Iconia Tab A100 compelling, of course, especially if Acer prices the device far enough below the A500. An asking price of, say, $349 could be quite tempting, especially considering the powerful Tegra 2 chip inside.

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