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.