Acer targets first time and kid’s tablet buyers with $130 Iconia model at CES

by David Needle

January 7 2013

Generally available starting at $130, the new Acer Iconia B1 will sell for a promotional price as low as $99 in some parts of the world.
Generally available starting at $130, the new Acer Iconia B1 will sell for a promotional price as low as $99 in some parts of the world.

There was buzz that CES might see the release of new $99 tablet models, but so far that bar has not quite been reached.

Acer’s 7-inch Iconia B1-A71 Android tablet will have a starting price of “less than $150” the company said in a release.

But Acer president Jim Wong told ABC News the price will be $130 and available for as low as $99 in some parts of the world.

“Some places will have a special promotion for $99 but most of the channels will have it for $129 to $149,” said Wong.

Pitched as a starter tablet or one that might appeal as a second family tablet for kids (or even a handy, albeit limited mobile companion for road warriors) the Iconia B1 features an a triangular corner grip designed to make it easier to hold with one hand. Weighing only 320 grams, it’s also one of the lightest 7-inch tablets on the market.

While it’s hardly the cutting edge of tablet technology, for the price, the B1 includes basic tablet features including a 7-inch capacitive display, front-facing camera and Google’s Android “Jelly Bean” operating system. The $130 version comes with 8GB storage with optional expansion via a microSD slot. 

The company hasn't said when the new Iconia model will be available for sale.  Acer already offers two other Iconia models, a 10-inch Android, an 11-inch Windows 8 and one 10-inch Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet under the Iconia brand.

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