One of the few strong supporters of the Windows 8 platform, Acer continues to support other platforms as well, including Google’s Android operating system.
Mostly known for its tablets on the Android market, Acer is now planning to challenge Google with its cheap Iconia B1 slate.
Although previous rumors suggested that the Acer Iconia B1 would be priced under $100 / €75, it looks like the tablet will be a bit more expensive than we originally expected.
The first details on the upcoming Iconia B1 emerged a few weeks ago, but Acer
did not offer any official info on the tablet.
However, the tablet has been inadvertently confirmed by Acer a few days ago when the Iconia B1 webpage went live.
Even if Acer took said page down, some traces still remain in Google’s cache
, confirming that the Iconia B1 is real and close to launch.
The folks over at NDTV Gadgets
claim that the Acer Iconia B1 will be released in India by the end of the month for a suggested retail price of Rs 7,999, which is about $145 or €110.
That won’t be a surprise as the tablet is aimed at emerging markets and India is one of the largest ones at this time. Acer Iconia B1
is expected to be officially unveiled within the next couple of days at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES) trade fair in Las Vegas.
Given its low price, the tablet will come with mid-range hardware such as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
It is also worth mentioning that the slate sports a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, built-in GPS receiver and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.