A while ago there was some talk about ASUS producing a 7-inch tablet priced at $99. Obviously it did not pan out for some business reasons, and the price was bumped to a $129 – $149 range. Does it mean we just lost our chance for an Android tablet under $100? Of course not. Acer is working on a new addition to its Iconia lineup and judging from the specs, the $99 price tag looks very realistic.
The Acer Iconia B1 will be a 7-inch tablet with a 1040 x 600 pixel resolution, which would work out to 170 ppi – not very impressive but a low price has its price. The Iconia B1 is rumored to be powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The tablet will possibly have a SIM card slot, which would mean cellular connectivity – a feature unusual for a tablet.
Reportedly, Acer is planning to launch the cheap tablet in the first quarter of 2013 in emerging countries first before making a decision on whether to bring it to the US market. Success of the tablet in China would be very helpful for the manufacturer to succeed in the crowded and very competitive US market. Now let’s keep our fingers crossed for the Acer Iconia B1 making an appearance at CES 2013 so we could learn more details about this low cost tablet.
Source: Android Authority