Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
23:16 08th Jan, 2013
CES 2013: Acer Announces Sub $150 Iconia B1-A71 Tablet
The affordable tablet will come with a dual-core CPU, 7" display, and Android Jelly Bean.
After several speculations and leaks, Acer's much awaited entry-level Iconia B1-A71 has been finally unveiled at CES 2013. Undoubtedly, it was the industry's worst kept secret, considering that a Bulgarian website almost reviewed it even before an official announcement had been made. The B1-A71 is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processer. Its 7" multitouch screen has pixel dimensions of 1024x600. Apart from that, the tablet packs in other bells and whistles such as Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot, and a front-facing camera. To please the Android fans, the device will feature Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box.
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The detailed features are as follows:
- 7" WSVGA capacitive multitouch screen with 1024x600 pixels.
- Mediatek dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (MTK 8317T), 512 MB DDR3 RAM.
- Android Jelly Bean operating system.
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.
- 3.5 mm audio and MIC jack.
- 8 GB internal storage, Micro Sd card slot (supports up to 32 GB).
- Front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera.
- Rechargeable 2,710 mAh battery.
According to Acer, the Iconia B1-A71's price will be under $150, which roughly translates to Rs 8000. If Acer manages to retain that price tag in India, domestic tablet brands such as iBerry, WickedLeak, Intex, and Karbonn will be in for some fierce competition. Seriously, who'd go for a rebranded Chinese slate, when you can get one from a recognised brand for almost the same price?
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