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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1/7/2013 2:13:24 PM
Along with the Kindle Fire and Nook, there are already a number of tablets in this price range with similar specs marketed towards children. The main difference physically is bulk. The "kid friendly" tablets tend to have big rubber bumpers, more weight, and more thickness. Anyway, it shows that it's absolutely possible to make money selling tablets in that price range.
This is the first adult oriented Android tablet I've seen at this price point from a major OEM. Assuming reviews aren't terrible, I'd pick this over the non-HD Kindle Fire, if I was looking for a low cost tablet.
"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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