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First Acer Iconia B1 previews surface

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First Acer Iconia B1 previews surface
The Acer Iconia B1 is one of the most exciting devices we expect to see at CES not just for its specs which are rather mediocre but for its unmatched price tag. The 7-inch tablet is expected to hit retail shelves with a base price of around $149.

This would make it the cheapest tablet offered from a non-white-box manufacturer, and good news is first prototypes are already hitting retailers. Bulgarian retailer Tablet.bg got a hold of on of those Iconia B1 prototypes and it was eager to share its experience with the affordable tablet.

First, the specs, though. The Acer Iconia B1 features a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display, runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean powered by a dual-core MediaTek 8317 1.2GHz chip and 512MB of RAM. Internal storage is 8GB, but it is expandable via microSD cards and there is a VGA front camera capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps.

Best of all, the tablet only weighs 308g (0.68 pounds), so it should be great for holding longer with one hand. Other nice touches are the good sound quality and relatively thin body.

On the downside, though, the Iconia B1 is said to have a mediocre TN display with poor viewing angles. The pixel density is as much as on the iPad mini so we would not really hold it for a downside given that Acer’s tablet costs less than half Apple’s 7.9-incher.

Take a look at images of the prototype right below.

source: Tablet.bg

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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 02:55 6

1. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Nexus 7 is still better than this, and why can't Acer trim the bezel around the display......... ???

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:00 1

2. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

Not a big fan...But it looks very different and kool..

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 04:17

7. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

The back looks good but I think Acer is a littel too late to the party

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 04:46

9. MeoCao (unregistered)

This doesn't mean to compete with N7, rather it will exploit the content created for N7 and sell mostly in market where N7 is not present.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:05 3

3. nard0207 (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

This would be suitable for budget-minded people like me who would don't want to sacrifice performance.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:21

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

It would be great if they added a 3G module and priced it at 199 , Nexus 7 will feel the pressure even more

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:25 3

5. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

Why compare it to apple ipad mini while we have Nexus 7, come on PhoneArena!
Nexus 7 VS Acer Iconia B1
Price $199 VS $149
1.2GHZ quad core VS 1.2 Double core
1GB ram VS 500MB ram
1280X800 (216PPI) Vs 1024X600 (170PPI)
Latest Android up to date 4.2 VS Android 4.1.2 and may not see the light of another update
Asus quality VS Acer

All this for just $50 more. Your choice

This Acer should be in CES 2012

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 05:26

10. alchemyduelist (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

just so you know, for countries with no access to devices of the play store, nexus 7 (16gb) goes for around USD 300. It may not worth anything in countries with play store devices access, but for those without, it will be a really good option for those tight on their budget. You do pay for what you get, of course a low spec-ed tablet will have a few short comings.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:26 1

6. lallolu (Posts: 560; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Tab with less than 1GB RAM will be dificult to use.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 04:19

8. a961009 (Posts: 120; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

I hope this will release in Malaysia..

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 07:06

11. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

in 2013 no 1 GB RAM = r u out of ur MIND !!!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 07:46

12. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

not that great spend a mere 50 more and get a nexus 7.

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