With the price in India for the Acer Iconia B1 out in the open, the horde of budget-friendly slates in the country is about to witness some stiff competition from the popular manufacturer. The device recently made its debut at the CES 2013 in the US around a week back, although no details pertaining to its release date have been provided as yet.
Acer’s main objective behind the Iconia B1 is to deliver an efficient slate that’s not only portable to carry around, but also capable of delivering a rich entertainment experience. For starters, it measures 11.3mm thick and weighs not more than 320 grams. The design adopted here includes a triangular corner grip which is located on the lower left part. This feature is said to enable intuitive single hand use, while a blue lining on the edges aims to deliver a stylish appearance.
Coming to the technical components, the tablet is layered with a WSVGA capacitive touchscreen which measures 7 inches diagonally proffering a 1,024 x 600p resolution. Resting beneath the display is a dual core processor, the Mediatek MTK 8317T to be precise, clocked at 1.2GHz. The company hasn’t specified the amount of RAM embedded here, although the internal storage capacity has been pegged at 8GB.
Users will be able to thrown in a 32GB microSD card if the need for more hoarding space arises. The front also houses a 0.3MP webcam for live video calling. Additionally, the device comes with access to the Google Play store providing users a wide catalog of games, applications and much more to download. Last on the list is a 2,710mAh Li-ion battery to get the slate up and running.
The Acer Iconia B1 will be available in India for a budget-friendly retail tag of Rs. 7,999, which according to the company is a special launch cost. In the US, it is expected to sell for less than $150.
Let’s take a quick peek at the main specifications employed here:
Platform: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display: 7-inch WSVGA capacitive screen with 1024 x 600p resolution
Processor: Mediatek MTK 8317T dual-core 1.2GHz CPU
Memory: 8GB built-in, 32GB expandable through microSD card slot.
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB 2.0
Battery: Rechargeable 2,710mAh
Dimensions: 197.4mm x 128.5mm x 11.3mm
Weight: 320 grams