Acer has delayed the 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 Android Honeycomb tablet, in a move that makes absolutely no sense. Perhaps Acer’s management have decided that since Steve Jobs only likes 10-inch tablets, that’s the only size Acer should deliver. As I said, doesn’t make any sense.
Still, it’s happened. Acer has told Engadget that the Iconia Tab A100 is delayed until the second half of this year. At least it hasn’t been cancelled, as was first thought by Polish site Tabletowo. Or maybe Acer didn’t want to say the word “cancelled” just yet, and plans on waiting a few months until everyone will have forgotten the A100, and say it then. Who knows.
What is clear is that the A100 was one of the most highly anticipated smaller-than-10″ Android tablets, thanks in no small part to the fact that it was supposed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the gate (and not 2.3 Gingerbread, such as the HTC Flyer), and that it was going to have a very nice price/features ratio (in true Acer tradition, and also contrasting the HTC Flyer).
So if you were after a 7-inch Android-powered tablet (or, basically, anything smaller than the now-standard-because-Steve-Jobs-likes-it-10″), it’s time to weep, for one of the best contestants in this space seems out of the game, making way, perhaps, for ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7x – and, ironically, actually making that the first 7-inch tablet to ship with Android Honeycomb.
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