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Remember rumors indicating Acer may release a $99 tablet? Well, those same rumors also linked that fantastic price tag to an unreleased 7-inch Acer tablet named the Iconia B1-A71. The company confirmed yesterday that the B1-A71 is indeed on its way, but also told us the tablet will debut at "less than $150". This language most likely translates to $149.99, but still manages to make the new B1 one of -- if not -- the most inexpensive Jelly Bean tablets around. Acer itself describes the tablet as, "the most premium experience at its price point."
Acer may have some stiff competition in the near future thoug, as Google and Asus are rumored to be working on a $99 version of the Nexus 7.
Although we technically don't know the B1-A71's price (we just know it'll be less than $150) and no official launch date exists, Acer did confirm with us most of its rumored specifications:
If previous rumors are correct, the 1.2GHz dual-core CPU will be paired with a PowerVR SGX 521 graphics chip. In terms of performance, preliminary benchmarks showed the B1-A71 is little match for the $199 Google Nexus 7, but consumers should probably reserve their final judgements until the tablet's official release. With that in mind though, based solely on its internals, it looks as though the B1-A71 should meet the needs of most users, with performance similar to Amazon's updated Kindle Fire.
Supposed "leaked" photographs also appear to have been correct with early images showing a slender, round-cornered tablet with a bright blue trimming around its edges.
It was said that Acer may only be focusing on "emerging markets" with their $99 offering, but it appears the B1-A71 will be generally available with a focus on "young explorers or busy mobile explorers" and "tablet newbies or children". The new 7-inch offering also expands Acer's Iconia line-up, which previously only included models 10-inches and larger.
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.
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.
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