Acer's Rumored New Year's Resolution: Launch a $99 Android Tablet

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The prices of tablets from top-tier manufacturers just keep tumbling down, down, down. Acer's reportedly working on an offering that would make even the $160 price tag of the original Kindle Fire seem exorbitant; the rumored Acer Iconia B1 slate should launch next year for the budget-friendly price of just $99, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 7-inch tablet should sport internals similar to the aforementioned Kindle Fire, with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a ho-hum 1024 x 600 display resolution. The Iconia B1 first reared its blue-rimmed head in photos leaked on a Serbian forum—pictures that the WSJ's sources say are authentic.

Here's the kicker: While Acer has submitted the Iconia B1 to the FCC for U.S. certification, it's not clear whether or not the company plans to launch the tablet stateside. Instead, the focus for this particular model will be emerging tablet markets such as China, the WSJ's sources claim. That shouldn't come as a surprise; while those pedestrian specs will seem very outdated in the U.S. by the time the Iconia B1 is allegedly set to launch in 2013, low-cost slates are expected to be a booming segment for tablet makers in other parts of the world.

"Android tablet shipments will certainly act as the catalyst for growth in the low-cost segment in emerging markets given the platform's low barrier to entry on manufacturing," IDC's Ryan Reith said in a report released earlier this month.

News of the Acer Iconia B1 comes weeks after rumors of a $99 Nexus tablet surfaced. An Asus spokesman, however, told the WSJ that the company has no plans to release a $100 slate.

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  • ToddH Says:

    A QUALITY $99 Is Already Here -- the Novo 7 Legend released this month and available through a site called TabletSprint and may be considered the first "$100 TABLET" worth buying from any major brand, with features that include a quality screen display, Micro SD portable storage, Android 4.1 O/S, a MicroUSB port, and a processor with enough power to handle 3D games -- Plus WiFi, Ethernet and 3G/4G Connection --

    The manufacturer, Ainol Electronics received a "Best Tablet of the Year" award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012.

    TabletSprint also includes $25 in Bonus Apps, and bundles in free 3G/4G wireless service with 500MB of free data every month with full internet access & VoIP voice calling -- certainly worth checking out...

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