The Acer Iconia B1, a tablet once expected to cost as low as $99 in the United States, was unveiled yesterday at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of the few tablets announced so far at this week’s event, the Iconia B1 will reportedly cost approximately $129 to $149 in the U.S. once released.
Acer head James Wong told ABC News yesterday that while “some places will have a special promotion for $99”, the Iconia B1 will most likely carry a price point between $129 to $149. However, the tablet won’t be launching just yet in the United States; being that this is a device mainly targeted at buyers from emerging markets, Acer will be launching the Iconia B1 in Asia and South America and in some parts of Europe. Pricing in Europe is said to be 119 Euros, which would translate to $155 U.S. dollars – this may not be as cheap as the once-rumored $99 price point, but still more affordable than slates such as the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Notwithstanding Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, the Iconia B1 doesn’t come with truly mind-blowing features; high-end features and specs, after all, shouldn’t be expected from a tablet expected to sell under $150 in America. The Iconia B1 is powered by a dual-core MediaTek processor and 512 MB RAM, and will have 8 GB storage, expandable via microSD. Its 7-inch display has a non-HD, “standard” resolution of 1024 x 600. As for “extras”, the Iconia B1 doesn’t support cellular connectivity, but it supports Wi-Fi and comes with an 0.3 megapixel front camera for video calling.