Acer Goes After Barnes and Noble, Amazon with $150 Iconia B1 Tablet
January 7, 2013 10:01 AM
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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
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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RE: Motorola sucks
1/7/2013 12:09:29 PM
I had a D3 too... It's not that JB cant be made to run on 512mb, but it doesnt run well and runs out of memory quick.
I could easily see a phone maker that deals with carriers not able to release something like that, but a low budeget crap dealer like Acer? No problem.
RE: Motorola sucks
1/7/2013 12:51:34 PM
If Motorola wouldn't bloat up their ROMs with Motoblur and other crap, they'd be a lot smaller and run a lot faster. Using ADW launcher on my XPRT freed up 30MB of RAM alone over the stock launcher.
It's ridiculous Motorola virtually requires rooting and skimming of their ROM's to make the phones perform well. It's crap like this that makes the Nexus necessary. Samsung and HTC aren't as guilty, but still guilty. At least their launchers are flavorful and unique, but still incredibly inefficient and buggy.
Unfortunately this is the nature of Android being open source. Manufactures can make it better, or worse. Usually worse.
RE: Motorola sucks
1/7/2013 1:07:00 PM
True, but I still wouldn't buy any Android device with less than 1gb RAM, not even a low budget one, not even if this was $50. Its just not enough. Even the Cyanogenmod team couldn't get it working on the Droid3 due to RAM issues regarding lack of RAM. It wasn't that it was impossible, it was that the effort required wasn't worth it, when in the end you had a device without enough memory to properly run OS4 or higher. So the end result was, they weren't going to spend any more time on something that would not have ran well.
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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