Acer may soon make havoc among those who want an affordable tablet and performance, unnamed sources have told the The Wall Street Journal.
The Taiwanese company is, apparently, working on an Acer tablet for the sole purpose of selling it with $99. Its name, in this stage of development, is Iconia B1. The Acer tablet will run the Android operating system, will have a 7-inch panel and specifications close to the cheapest Kindle Fire: a resolution of 1024 x 600 and a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Even if the processor specifications are unknown and, above all, no one knows if the tablet will be sold somewhere other than Taiwan, this seems a very ambitious plan.
In the past there have been some speculation about a Nexus tablet at a price of about $100. If the quality of B1 Iconia tablet will prove worthy of Google‘s standards, it seems possible that we’ll see a similar tablet, Nexus branding.
It is hard to judge the performance, the CPU frequency and the operating system. However, if it plays its cards properly, Acer could hit the jackpot. Remains to apply the same recipe for a cheap and good tablet with Windows RT and everyone will be happy.
Acer’s rush for cheaper tablets is not limited to the Iconia B1. Another annonymous source told The Wall Street Journal that the company is developing a new Intel-based Windows 8 tablet due to the fact that its current versions are “too pricey.” These include the Iconia W510, which is selling for $549 and up, and the Iconia W700, which starts at $800.