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Acer Iconia B1-A71
Acer gets in on the budget tablet market

We heard some rumblings late last month that Acer was on the verge of releasing a $99 Android-based tablet for emerging markets. Well, that tablet is here, but the $99 rumored price tag is MIA.
 
Instead, we get the Iconia B1-A71 that features a 1.2GHz Mediatek processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (a microSD can expand support to 32GB), and a 1024x600 display. Interestingly, the small tablet only features a 0.3MP front-facing camera and doesn't have a standard rear-shooter. The tablet doesn't even break the one-pound mark, weighing in at just 11.3 ounces.
 
The budget Android Jelly Bean tablet will set you back $150 bucks, but Acer still hasn’t provided a release date yet.
 
There is already competition in this price bracket from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but those tablets both run hacked up versions of Android (unless you install a hacked version of Android yourself). Acer may be able to carve out a niche for itself with a relatively cheap tablet that can still run the full gamut of Android apps.

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An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2013 10:25:59 AM , Rating: 1
I couldn't imagine making the a 7" tablet more barebones than the Nexus 7.

But then again, I forgot about Acer.




RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By theapparition on 1/7/2013 10:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
How is the Nexus 7 bare bones, except for price?

Nexus 7 has modern hardware and OS, cameras on front and back, etc. This Acer is a slow, stripped model to compete with the Fire and Nook. There's a reason the headline didn't say Acer was taking on Google.

For $50, you are getting a LOT more tablet with the Nexus 7.


RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By Wolfpup on 1/7/2013 11:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the Nexus 7 makes a lot more sense to buy, BUT I'd still recommend this any day over a (non-eInk) Nook/Kindle for people unwilling to pay $200 for some reason.


RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2013 3:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
Barebones in the sense that it has virtually no I/O (no microSD, no HDMI, no full USB, etc.), no rear-facing camera.

I mean to say, it's as low as I would want a 7 inch tablet to go. Going lower and you'd take off too much.


RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By dbwells on 1/7/2013 5:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
Nexus 7 doesn't have a rear camera. Just sayin'...


RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By theapparition on 1/8/2013 9:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
Well I have a Nexus 7 and........crap you're right.

It's actually one of my kids tablets, and to be quiet honest I never noticed it doesn't have a rear facing camera.


RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By tviceman on 1/8/2013 11:46:38 AM , Rating: 2
Which shows just how much you and your kid are missing that rear camera.


RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By nocturne on 1/8/2013 5:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
One of the major upsides is having mem card support along with a front facing cam, something which as far as I know is only available on the more expensive Samsung models. If it has gps support, no matter what the processor/mem specs are -- it's a great deal.


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