Acer Iconia B1 leaks with low-end specs, Android 4.1
Acer’s working on a new Android tablet. And it’s going to be a pretty low-end offering, at least compared to today’s main stars in terms of sales in that category.
The Acer Iconia B1, for that’s what it’s called, will almost certainly come with a 7-inch touchscreen. Its resolution will be a measly 1024×600. It will have a MediaTek dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with PowerVR SGX 531 graphics, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a microSD slot, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile data connectivity as well, and it will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Needless to say, one fine grain of salt may be helpful in this situation. If everything you read above turns out to be true, the only way Acer will sell this in droves will be if it prices the Iconia B1 at $100 or $150. Anything over that and this becomes a pretty funny idea compared to the $199 Asus-made Google Nexus 7 with its quad-core CPU, higher-res screen, and so on.
And one final note: 512 MB of RAM is simply appalling in this day and age. That’s true even in low-end phones with displays with much lower resolution. But for a tablet, that amount of memory will make multitasking incredibly difficult. So unless Acer prices the Iconia B2 accordingly, this will be one tablet that will be very tough to recommend to anyone. Not that it would be the first such Android-running tablet. No, there have already been many other forgettable offerings over the past year or so. Nothing new under the sun, then.