Earlier this month, Acer officially announced their Iconia B1 tablet. It's their answer to the cheap, 7-inch tablet market. Although it's not quite as highly spec'd as the Nexus 7, it is quite a bit cheaper. In Singapore the Iconia B1 will be selling for S$199 ($160 US) whereas the Nexus 7 is S$349, and once the special promotion is over, the price will jump up to $165. But if you're looking for a cheap e-reader or even a full tablet, this Acer tab will handle just about anything you throw at it.
Just as a reminder, here are the specs for the Iconia B1:
- 7-inch, 1024×600 resolution display
- 8/16GB internal storage; Expandable via Micro SD card
- 512MB of RAM
- VGA front-facing camera
- Dual-core 1.2GHz processor
- Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
- 2710mAh battery
So as you can tell, it's not the top of the line tablet we all want, but for the price it's a pretty good buy. The Iconia B1 is also available in India now and it's selling for Rs 7,999 ($150 US). If you're in Europe, Middle East and Africa, you'll be able to grab the Iconia B1 later this month for â‚¬119.
If you're in a region where the Nexus 7 isn't available, and you still want a cheap 7-inch tablet, but not one from one of those cheap Chinese manufacturers, this is a great one to pick up. It is Acer, so they have a bit more of a track record than most of the other super cheap tablets out there. But remember, the ASUS MeMO Pad, and a few others should be coming out soon too. Including that rumored Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, that's supposedly going to cost $150.
Who's going to go out and pick up the Acer Iconia B1 tablet? If you do grab it, let us know in the comments below how you like or dislike the tablet. We're always interested to hear your opinions.