Acer has always had an eye on the lower end price bracket of the device market and it seems that this remains the same where tablets as concerned if recent rumors are true.
The prestigious Wall Street Journal posted reports a day or two ago that Acer are preparing for the release of a cheaper tablet running on the Android platform and rumored to retail at just shy of a hundred bucks. The Wall Street Journal made this claims sound more credible by making reference to “a person with direct knowledge of the project”.
The new tablet, which has been christened the Iconia B1, is believed to be specifically targeted to the Chinese tablet market which is currently saturated with ‘brand-less’ cheap tablets that run on the Android platform. These tablets seem to be markedly more popular in the Chinese market than in the American market therefore the question can be realistically asked as to whether Acer will release its rumored new tablet in the US market.
Despite all this the tablet has been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission so it may well happen.
The specification of the device is said to be similar to Amazon’s Kindle Fire although clearly retailing at roughly half the price. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and having a seven inch screen, it does sound pretty similar.
Comparisons have been drawn before between Acer’s more pocket-friendly devices and the more expensive market leaders. When the Acer Iconia A110 device was launched it was compared, as one would imagine, with the other similar tablets on the market.
The A110 ran on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and boasted a seven inch screen for around $229. Many reviews saw the A110 as a pretty good tablet, however it didn’t quite hot the mark in the same way as its bigger (and slightly better) competitors such as Amazon and Google.