This year consumers will definitely see a lot of budget friendly devices hitting the market. Acer wants to capture a piece of this market by releasing the Acer Iconia B1-720 which is an upgrade from last year’s Iconia B1-A71. This new model has a slimmer design and uses its proprietary One Glass Solution technology which allows for a brighter and thinner display.
This device is expected to be released in the North American market this coming mid-January with a price of $130. At this price point a lot of concessions have been made such as having only a 5 hour battery life and shipping out with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean instead of the latest KitKat version.
As far as specifications goes the Acer Iconia B1-720 will be using a 1.3-GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8111 processor, have 1 GB of RAM, and have 16 GB of internal storage space which can further be increased by using a 32 GB microSD. This is more or less similar to the $139 Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 or even the $139 Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch.
The B1-720 however comes with a low resolution 7-inch 1024 x 600 display. You will get a higher resolution with the MeMO Pad HD 7 and the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch both of which have 1280 x 800-pixels.
One improvement that the B1-720 has over the B1-A71 is that the speakers have been moved from the back to the front. Acer says that this provides a better audio experience for consumers.
This device will be available in red or grey front panel with a white textured rear panel. Its dimensions measures 7.8 x 4.8 x 0.42 inches and weighs in at 11 ounces.
Acer will also be selling accessories for this device such as a protective case that can also double as a stand to make it easier to watch movies.