Unveiled last week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES), in Las Vegas, Acer Iconia B1 has just been introduced in India.According to AndroidOS, the budget-friendly Android tablet will be available in the next couple of days for only Rs 7,999, which is about $145 or €110.
This is one of the first tablets coming from an important international brand, which is priced under Rs 10,000 ($185/€135).
Even so, Acer will have a hard time competing with Indian companies that are basically owning this emerging market with their low-cost products.
HCL, Intex, Micromax, Karbonn are just some of the Indian companies that have already launched lots of Android devices on the market.
However, Acer thinks its Iconia B1 tablet will be competitive enough for the Indian market: “our strong channel partner network across the country will ensure that every consumer gets a chance to enjoy this exciting new product from the house of Acer,” said S. Rajendran, chief marketing officer, Acer India.
The good news is that Acer will ship the Iconia B1 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system onboard. Aside from that, it is also worth mentioning that the slate will provide access to more than 700,000 apps and games via Google Play Store.
On the inside, the tablet is equipped with a pretty decent 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, which is complemented by 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
Acer Iconia B1 sports a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. The tablet also packs a front-facing camera and a 2710 mAh Li-Ion battery.
The tablet offers several connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 (charging and PC connect), as well as GPS. The Iconia B1 will also be launched in China in the coming weeks.