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: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
1/7/2013 3:29:21 PM
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.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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