Budget, meet Acer and its new $129.99, 7-inch Iconia B1 entry-level tablet

Budget, meet Acer and its new $129.99, 7-inch Iconia B1 entry-level tablet
With CES 2014 about to take place in Las Vegas in just a few short days, the barrage of the pre-show announcements has started. Acer is the latest one with something new up its sleeve, something that ought to keep the droves of new tablet buyers happy, especially those on a budget. So without any further ado, say hello to Acer's latest generation Iconia B1.

The new slate commands a pretty attractive $129.99 suggested retail price for North America, and without skimping on the specs sheet too much. In other words, the new B1 keeps true to its ancestry, striving to strike a balance between an awesome price tag and above average performance. To that end, the tablet is powered by an unnamed 1.3GHz dual-core chipset, likely one from MediaTek, if last year's model is any indication. We're unaware of the exact pixel count on the 7-inch OGS (One Glass Solution) display, though, so we can't quite tell how well the silicon, along with the healthy 1GB of RAM, will handle tasks thrown at it. Speaking of memory, the internal storage sits at 16GB with an option for microSD expansion for up to additional 32GB more. The only camera to be found on the new tablet is the front-facing shooter (again, of unknown resolution) with nothing but the Acer logo sticking out from its back. Battery capacity is also unspecified, though the Taiwanese company is promising up to 5 hours of continuous use.

In terms of design, the tablet is not bad to look at, though we sure disagree with Acer's notion of 'narrow bezel' as the device packs quite the fatty frame. The existence of a front speaker is made obvious by the dotted bottom front bezel, though don't get fooled – this is a mono speaker and more than half those holes are purely decorative. All in all, this looks to be an adequate design considering the attractive price point.

The new Acer Iconia B1 comes packing Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and is expected to officially launch stateside sometime in mid-January in gray- and red-colored versions.



1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Damn, those are thick bezels. Well, cheap price.

2. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Dual-core MediaTek? It's 2014 for crying out loud! Even the 2012 Nexus 7 had a quad-core Tegra 3, and that chip came out in 2011. You're better off spending $20 more for an Asus Memopad 7, or even a Hisense Sero 7 Pro.

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

OMG... this is even worse than the other (the A1)... dual core media tek, unbelievable bezels, outdated android version and I bet the screen will be 1024x600, since the other (which should be the "better" one) has 1024x768... I wonder if Acer designers know what competitors have on the market (Asus, for example)...

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