CES 2013: Acer targets budget buyers with $149 7-inch Android tablet

Summary:In emerging markets, the Iconia B1-A71 could sell for as little as $99.

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Last month, we reported that Acer was preparing a bare-bones Android tablet to sell in emerging markets for $99. Fast forward to CES, and the company has officially launched the Iconia B1-A71, though its pricing is a little more complicated than first thought.

First, the tech details. The B1 is a 7-inch tablet running Android Jelly Bean weighing a mere 320 grams (roughly 11.3 ounces) with specs you can imagine a budget slate would have: a MediaTek processor, 8GB of built-in storage, and 1024x600 display resolution. This isn't direct competition with the higher-end Google Nexus 7 in terms of performance, but how about that price?

As rumored, Acer President Jim Wong has said that the B1 will sell for as low as $99 in "[s]ome places," though the price elsewhere will fall between $129 and $149. Will the elsewhere include the U.S. market? Not at first. The B1 will launch in Asia and South America later this month, though Wong would not say definitively if the tablet would reach these shores. The rest of the world should see it sometime in 2013, at least.

Topics: CES, Android, Tablets

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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