Acer’s new 7 inch tablet is expected to launch early next year — and according to the Wall Street Journal, it will sell for around $99. At that price it will be competitive with low-cost tablets from white box Chinese device makers… but like those tablets, Acer plans to sell its $99 tablet primarily in emerging markets including China.
In other words, while the Acer Iconia B1 passed through the FCC website recently, it’s not clear that Acer has any plans to sell this budget tablet in the US.
The Acer Iconia B1 is expected to have a 1.2 GHz processor (possibly manufactured by MediaTek), PowerVR SGX 531 graphics, and a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.
While those specs are pretty underwhelming by 2012/2013 standards, they should be enough to offer a decent tablet experience. It wasn’t that long ago that most 7 inch tablets had slower processors and similar (or lower) screen resolutions.
The WSJ reports that Acer also plans to launch a lower-cost Windows 8 tablet next year. The company’s current offerings start at $499.
via The Verge