The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is one of several 7″ Android tablets to hit the market in 2011. Like its 10″ cousin, the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the A100 has a stylish exterior, dual-core processor, two cameras, HDMI out, expandable memory support, and comes with Android 3.2 installed. But, The smaller version has a 7″ touchscreen display (1,0240×600).
As of this writing, the A100 is available in 8GB ($329.99) and 16GB ($349.99) versions. The current versions only support Wi-Fi connectivity. But like the A500, there is an empty spot inside the A100’s case and on the motherboard for a cellular card. The A100 weighs 0.92 lbs. and measures 7.7″ (W) x 4.6″ (H) x 0.5″ (D). It’s lighter than the HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook.
Unfortunately, the A100’s similarities to the A500 aren’t all good. Like the larger tablet, the A100 has a rather jumbled internal hardware layout. And given the A100’s smaller case, Acer crammed a lot of tech into a tight space.
Full teardown gallery: Cracking Open the Acer Iconia Tab (A100)
Cracking Open observations
- Easy-to-open case: There are no external case screws on the Iconia Tab, but the back cover was surprisingly easy to remove. Using a thin metal or plastic blade, I was able to quickly pop off the cover.
- Standard screws: Inside the Iconia Tab A100, Acer used standard Phillips screws to hold the internal hardware in place. I remove all the internal screws with a Phillips #0 bit.
- Battery can be replaced: The A100’s 1530 mAh Li-ion battery is easy to remove and replace.
- Display is stuck to the front panel: The digitizer (front panel) and LCD screen are held together with strong adhesive.
- 3G-ready motherboard and case: As they did on the A500, Acer left open spots on the motherboard and inside the case for a separate 3G card. The internal mounting plate even has a screw hole for the card.
- Cramped, convoluted interior hardware layout: The A100’s internal hardware layout is extremely similar to that of the larger A500. Acer placed the u-shaped motherboard at one end of the case and the battery at the other. A small circuit board is located below the battery and connected to the motherboard via a ribbon cable. Wires are placed haphazardly around the case and secured to the surrounding components with tape.
Our Acer Iconia Tab A100 test unit had the following hardware components:
- 1530 mAh, 11.3Wh Li-Polymer battery pack (BAT-711)
- Pioneer 8ohm 1w speakers (x2)
- Cypress Semiconductor CY8CTMA375 touchscreen controller (x2)
- Cypress Semiconductor CY8CTMA395 touchscreen controller (x1)
- 2 MP front-facing and 5MP rear-facing cameras
- 1.0 GHz dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 application processor (12B3B002 1110A4)
- 1GB Elpida B8132B2PB-6D-F LPDDR2 SDRAM
- Broadcom BCM4751 Integrated Monolithic GPS Receiver
- Parade PS8122 1-to-2 DP & HDMI/DVI De-multiplexer
- Invensense MPU-3050 Triple Axis Gyroscope with Embedded Digital Motion Processor
- Texas Instruments LVDS83B power controller
- Wolfson WM8903 Ultra low power audio CODEC
- Texas Instruments TPS65862 power-management IC
- Texas Instruments 51125 Dual-Synchronous, Step-Down Controller (power management chip)
- 8GB Samsung KLM8G2FEJA-A001 moviNAND flash memory module
- ENE Technology KB930QF A1 quad power amplifier (REALTEK)
- Winbond 25X10BVN1C 1M-bit Serial Flash Memory
- AzureWave AW-NH611 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, FM Combo Module IC
- Texas Instruments LC02A
- APA2605 SN208
Update 12/19/2011: This post originally appeared in our TR Dojo blog.