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Acer Iconia B1 is a low-cost 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1

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Acer Iconia B1 is a low-cost 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1
There is little doubt that the Google Nexus 7 is the best low-cost tablet one can currently buy. However, that isn't stopping the competition from releasing alternatives at pretty close price points. Acer, for example, appears to be readying a cheap Android slate, presumably with a screen of about 7 inches.

The Acer Iconia B1, as the device is called, just passed through the FCC. Little is known about its technical characteristics, but there appears to be some kind of cellular connectivity on board, judging by the presence of a SIM card slot. The FCC filing does not reveal much more, but the GLBenchmark database contains further details.

Acer Iconia B1 is a low-cost 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1
There is a modest 1.2GHz processor inside the Acer Iconia B1 along with a PowerVR SGX 531 GPU. The resolution of the tablet's screen is 1024 by 600 pixels. Overall, there's nothing that the Iconia B1 has to impress with, but on the bright side of things, at least it runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. 

That's about all we know about the Acer Iconia B1 so far. All that's left is for its maker to announce it officially and give it a price tag. How much the tablet will cost isn't known, but we doubt that the device will burn a hole through your budget.


Acer Iconia B1 is a low-cost 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1
Acer Iconia B1 is a low-cost 7-inch tablet with Android 4.1
UPDATE: With a little digging, we managed to find leaked press photos of the Acer Iconia B1. The tipster that provided the images also says that the tablet has a Mediatek SoC with a dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD card slot. 

source: Benchmark.rs

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posted on 20 Dec 2012, 07:40 1

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


question is - how low can a company get to offer a nexus 7 alternative , im sure its not $99

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 14:06

4. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I MAY b interested, IF am "impressed"
(Impressed being a relative term)

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 08:17

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


...and 512mb RAM is kind of old school. A minimum of at least 1GB is expected for a tablet, especially from a manufacturer of a well known brand.
The Nexus 7 can't be beat with the price and features it offers.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 08:31 1

3. Captain_Doug (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I would've hoped for at least 768mb of ram. The processor should be enough. I really like the idea of installing a tablet in the dash of my car but with something this cheap, I wouldn't feel bad just leaving it in there.

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