Just in case you had any doubts that the Acer Iconia B1 budget tablet was a real thing, Acer went ahead and made it official. As expected, it’s a 7 inch tablet with a 1.2 GHz Mediatek 8137T dual core processor and a 1024 x 600 pixel display.

But while I’d been hearing that the Iconia B1 would sell for around $99 and only be available in emerging markets, Acer now says it plans to sell the tablet in the US for under $150.

Update: ABC News reports some stores could sell the tablet for as little as $129 at launch.

Acer Iconia B1

That’s $50 less than the price of the cheapest Google Nexus 7 tablet and $9 less than the price of an entry-level Amazon Kindle Fire.

The Acer tablet doesn’t exactly have bleeding edge specs. It has a lower resolution display and a slower processor than either of those devices, for instance. But it does have a few things going for it including a microSD card slot.

Here’s an overview of the Iconia B1’s features:

  • 1.2 GHz dual core CPU
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen
  • 8GB storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • Headest jack and built-in speaker
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • 2710 mAh battery
  • MicroUSB port
  • 7.8″ x 5.1″ x 0.4″
  • 0.7 pounds

Acer is positioning the tablet as a low cost option that can be used as a second tablet, something you give to your kids, or a device primarily used for reading books or watching movies.

It’s a Google certified device, with support for the Google Play Store.

There’s still no word on a US launch date for the tablet.

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3 replies on “Acer Iconia B1 budget Android tablet to sell for under $150 in the US”

  1. Confused about their Article, it says – ” It also doesn’t have higher end dual- or quad-core processors from
    Nvidia or Qualcomm. Instead, it has a MediaTek processor and just 512MB
    of RAM.” Reads as though it doesn’t have a dual-core, since they conveniently left off that the MediaTek is a dual-core. Idunno, sounds like Joanna Stern either wasn’t impressed, ignorant, or a “fanboi” (yes I know she’s a girl).

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