As tablets have gained in popularity these past few years the push from manufacturers around the world to release lower cost models has also grown. A new report published by The Wall Street Journal claims that PC giant Acer, Inc. has plans in the works to deliver a Android tablet next year for developing countries that will cost around $99 (prices will vary country to country).
The tablet is reportedly named Acer Iconia B1 and the B1 is said to have technical features akin to Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s first Nook tablet. The Wall Street Journal claims sources close to the B1′s development have confirmed a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM processor and a 1024×600 resolution 7-inch screen already.
So, what can you expect the Acer Iconia B1 tablet to look like? Well WSJ sources have confirmed that the Blue edged Acer branded tablet shown in the pictures below is what the Iconia B1 tablet will look like. Although the precise design features aren’t confirmed it’s reasonable to expect the Iconia B1 to feature an all plastic body.
If the photos above seems familiar that’s because it was originally leaked to a European forum earlier this month, but with no Acer confirmed details. The original poster on the Serbian forum claimed to have seen the Acer Iconia B1 in person and they go on to detail various technical specifications they noticed. According to their account the Iconia B1 tablet has a 1.2 GHz Mediatek 8317T processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in flash storage, a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards, a 5-point multi-touch 7-inch 1024×600 screen, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.