Acer Iconia B1 tablet looks to challenge Google on price and B&N on design

December 20, 2012
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A new Acer branded tablet has recently made a stopover with the FCC. The tablet is the Iconia B1 and while there are still some unanswered questions, this one is not looking like it will make all that big of a splash in the geek crowd. The tablet is said to be running Jelly Bean, however that seems to be one of the few highlights.

That being said, the tablet, at least based in part on these FCC sketches, appears to have a design similar to that of the Barnes & Noble Nook. Notice the little loop in the lower left hand corner. The specs that have been revealed include a 7-inch display at 1024 x 600 along with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The one plus to balance out the 8GB of storage is that there will be a microSD card slot.

Other details include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. In terms of Jelly Bean, it is looking like the Iconia B1 will launch with 4.1.2. There was not much mentioned in the FCC filing about cellular connectivity, however given the diagram is showing a SIM cover, one can only assume that you will have some ability there.

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In addition to the FCC filing, the tablet was previously spotted in a GLBenchmark leak and was shown with some less than stellar results. Bottom line here, we are not all that excited about the possibility of a release here, but assuming the price is low enough, maybe say sub-$100 -- there may be a market. Still, while we poke fun, this may not be a bad option if you are looking for something the kids can play around with. But again, that is assuming the price is low enough.

[via phoneArena]


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