Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet was unveiled yesterday at CES 2013 that is happening in Las Vegas. Acer Iconia B1 is a very interesting device, not because of the specs, because it comes with rather mediocre specs, but what makes it interesting is the fact that it is supposed to be cheap. The price tag plays a major role in deciding whether the device will be popular or not, and Acer Iconia B1 seems to have hit the sweet spot.
It was said that the device would cost between $130 to $150 in some places, but exact prices were not revealed, but now we have official confirmation on the price tag. The tablet will cost €119 when it launches in mid-January in various regions including Europe, Middle East and Africa. That roughly converts to $155. Availability and prices for the U.S. markets are not clear at this point, but the price tag is in agreement with yesterday’s press release which stated that Iconia B1-A71 will cost “less than $150″ when it hits shelves. If everything goes as planned, we should have the device somewhere around mid-January.
Here’s a quote from yesterday’s press release:
“This is a product for new users.” That’s how Acer President Jim Wong described the company’s new $130 Acer Iconia B1 tablet, which will be sold in some areas of the world for as low as $99.
“Some places will have a special promotion for $99 but most of the channels will have it for $129 to $149,” Wong explained during an interview with ABC News Sunday at CES 2013.
Coming to the device, it’s good that the tablet is coming for that cheap from a non-white box manufacturer. This is a real deal. The price tag is unmatched by any manufacturers, apart from the no name Chinese tablet manufacturers which are not known for reliability. The cheapest device tablets from respectable manufacturers include the Amazon Kindle and Nexus 7. The $50 to $70 gap in the price tag does make significant impact on the hardware specs. This is a budget entry level device, so don’t expect it to be as fast as Nexus 7 or other devices in the category.
The Acer Iconia B1 features a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display and boots Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. It also doesn’t have higher end dual- or quad-core processors from Nvidia or Qualcomm, and instead it has a MediaTek processor and just 512MB of RAM. The on board storage is 8 gig, and there is a microSD card slot for those who want more disk space. The VGA camera on the front is capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps.
The device weights 308g or 0.68 pounds, quite light for a device of its size. For the price tag, the specs seem alright. The screen may not be the most amazing one you have seen, since it’s a TN display which sucks in viewing angles department, but then you get what you pay for. Would you buy this device for $149? Let us know.