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Following recent rumors of an Asus-made $99 Google Nexus 7, Acer is said to be prepping its own 7-inch, $99 tablet offering. The Wall Street Journal claims this information comes a source with "direct knowledge" of the project, but let's keep this one's status set to "rumor" until we ascertain more concrete details.
Purportedly, Acer's upcoming Iconia B1 will be the $99 model in question -- a slim, black tablet with blue edges as pictured here. The Iconia B1 is hardly a mystery, as we know the PC-maker recently submitted the device to the FCC for approval. Interestingly, there even appear to be benchmarks of the tablet in the wild.
The Iconia B1 sports 7-inches of screen real-estate with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, giving it a ~170 PPI. The device is expected to be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor paired with a PowerVR SGX 531 graphics processing unit -- fairly modest specs akin to Amazon's Kindle Fire, but it's difficult to argue the price.
Notably, the tablet's performance is far behind that of the Nexus 7, which is an important detail considering recent rumors of a $99 Nexus 7. Given their hardware differences though, this is as expected.
It's difficult to deny the B1's existence with this preponderance of evidence; however, bear in mind the only link we have between the B1 and its rumored $99 price tag are just that: rumors. The real question here is the price.
One possible caveat, the WSJ's source notes, is the $99 Iconia B1 may not be sold in the United States. Rather, it's suggested that Acer may have its sights set on emerging markets.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Google Nexus 7 has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm in size, weighs 340g, and features a 7-inch IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass. The Nexus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, it also comes in 2 versions: 8GB and 16GB capacities.
The iPad mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
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