Late last month, we passed along some speculation from the WSJ that Acer was working on a $99 tablet
called the Acer Iconia B1
that is headed for emerging markets only. The Journal got most of the rumor correct, but according to NDTV, the actual price is the equivalent of $147 USD. While that is about $48 USD above the earlier rumored price, it still is $50 less than the Google Nexus 7
's least expensive 16GB model. NDTV does add to the speculation that we will see the Acer Iconia B1 tablet during CES 2013 that starts next Tuesday. After hanging around in Vegas, catching some shows and blowing some loot at the Blackjack table, the rumor has the tablet set to go to India will it go on sale before the end of the month for RS $7,999, which is where we get that $147 USD price..
The Acer Iconia B1 had briefly appeared on Acer's website until some wet blanket realized that it shouldn't have put up yet, and took it down. Still, the posting of the tablet did give us a chance to find out some of the specs. We are, of course, talking about a 7 inch display with resolution of 1024 x 600 and pixel density of 170ppi. Powering the device will be a dual-core 1.2GHz processor under the hood. 512MB of RAM is on board and there is 8GB of native storage that can be expanded using the microSD slot. Amid all of these uninspiring specs, Android 4.1 is pre-installed out of the box.
Acer Iconia B1