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Honeycomb for less

Android tablets have been around for a while now, and there are quite a few to choose from. But they're an expensive business, with both Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Motorola's Xoom starting at around £500. There are budget options, notably the pretty-decent Archos 70 and 101 tablets, but they run ye olde worlde versions of Android. If only it was possible to combine the latest software with a reasonable price?

Well, now it is. Acer is just a couple of weeks away from releasing its new 7-inch Android tablet, the Iconia Tab A100, in the UK. It'll be the first 7-inch tablet in the UK that runs Google's Android 3.0 software, nicknamed 'Honeycomb,' the first version designed for tablets. And it's got a very respectable spec, with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor at its heart that's more than powerful to play the latest games.

But best of all? The price. The A100 (which is wi-fi only) looks set to retail for just £300, not much more than the low-spec Archos. (In fact, cleverboxes.com is taking pre-orders at just £280.) The A101, the 3G version, will be £400, but you'd probably get that on a contract anyway.

Interested? The Iconia Tab will be out on May 14, according to Amazon.

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