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Acer Announces the 7-inch B1-A71 Budget Tablet, Costs Less Than $150

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The budget tablet segment is all set to get heated up with the announcement of a few new tablets from a variety of manufacturers. Google, Amazon and Apple (since very recently) are in the budget tablet arena and it was about time that a few other manufacturers followed suit. And since recently, we began hearing of a mysterious Acer budget tablet called the B1 which was prepping to hit the markets soon. The device has been formally announced today by Acer at the CES 2013 event in Las Vegas, along with devices from several other manufacturers. The tablet is known as the Acer B1-A71 and it packs all the specs that were once rumored. Here’s an official rundown of the specs.

  • 7-inch 1024×600 resolution display with a rather unimpressive pixel density of 170ppi.
  • Front facing camera (VGA), no rear camera.
  • 8GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot for storage expansion (up to 32GB).
  • 1.2 GHz dual core Mediatek MTK 8317T chipset.
  • 512MB of RAM.
  • 2,710 mAh battery pack.
  • GPS, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
  • Newly launched AcerCloud support.

It comes as a surprise that there’s so much missing from this tablet than we expected. To begin with, there’s no cellular variant, which was and will be a deal breaker for plenty of us out there. Secondly, the RAM in my opinion is too little to accommodate for a tablet which preps to go against the likes of big guns like the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD. There are several other things which I could opine about, but I seriously don’t want to steal the thunder from the tablet today. Unfortunately, there’s still no word on when the tablet will arrive, but Acer has mentioned in its press release that the tablet will cost less than $150. That’s $50 less than Google’s Nexus 7, so we figure it will get some takers, especially in developing nations where the Nexus 7 is available for a premium (since it’s imported). Let’s hope the tablet has more to it than meets the eye, because that’s the only area where Acer can excel against the Nexus 7 since we’ve had a brief look at the hardware specs.

Acer also announced the new AcerCloud app for iOS and Android devices. Acer PCs in Q2 2013 will come bundled with the said app and existing Acer devices will get a provision to reserve a small chunk of their storage for AcerCloud by the end of this month. Users will be able to store music, documents and pictures on AcerCloud, so it’s a neat little service for all Acer users.

Via: Android Police