Breaking – Acer’s rumored $99 tablet – the Iconia B1 gets reviewed ahead of CES announcement!

model-acer-iconia-b1-300x387We’ve been hearing about Acer’s rumored $99 super-budget tablet in the works – the Iconia B1. Word has it that Acer is likely to announce the 7-inch Iconia B1 at CES next week. However, a Bulgarian website, Tablet.bg seems to have already gotten their paws on a test device, and have gone so far ahead as to post a full detailed review of the device.

The review not only reveals all the specs of the device, but also includes lots of pics showcasing the device from various angles. Specs wise, there is nothing too different from what we had heard earlier, and given the budget tag, they are what we would expect from a device priced sub-$100.

Here’s a quick listing of the specs on the Iconia B1.

– 7-inch 1024×600 resolution display
– MediaTek 8317 1.2GHz dual-core processor
– 512MB of RAM
– 8GB internal storage
– 2MP front-facing camera
– Weighs 308g
– 10Wh battery
– WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
– Android 4.1.2 – Jelly Bean

As you can see, the specs are pretty much in line with what you can expect from a budget tab, and grant some more credence to the rumored $99 price point. The review also states that the device had no trouble running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, in fact the experience was quite smooth, which seems to be surprising given just 512MB of RAM.

Also, there is no SIM-card slot present, eliminating earlier speculation on cellular connectivity. Here a some pics of the Acer Iconia B1 for your viewing pleasure.

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You can go through the full review and view more pics at Tablet.bg. I don’t see this little fella spoiling the party the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD are having , but if the $99 price point does turn to be true, I do see the Iconia B1 pose a solid challenge to the scores of Chinese manufactured unheard-of brands offering cheap tablets for as low as $50, as this would definitely a more reliable alternative for folks in the market for a budget 7-incher.

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