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Acer Announces $150 7″ Jelly Bean Tablet, Wants to Take on the Nexus 7


Acer was one of the first companies out of the gate to announce a new device during CES. The Iconia B1-A71 is a new 7″ tablet that ships with Jelly Bean that isn’t meant to take a huge chunk out of your wallet. Packing a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB, WSVGA screen and 8 GB of memory are aimed at keeping the price low.

The device is only $150, but for that price you won’t be blowing away anyone with your specs. The only real downside to the B1-A71 is that there isn’t a firm date for when we can get our hands on it. We will be sure to keep an ear out however and let you know when it’s coming so you can plan for this impulse buy.

Via: Engadget

  • Too bad it’s ugly.

    • Also, it’s worth the $50 to get the pure awesomeness of a Nexus 7.

  • Jonik Cannon

    Almost the same specs as the A100, one word for Acer……..FAIL

  • Tony Allen

    Maybe if it was $99 not $150. 512Mb RAM is a killer though.

  • this is the perfect head unit for my car

    why spend $50 more when its gonna just sit in my car all day

  • HotRodJohnson

    I’m reading a lot of people hating on the specs. One of the most given presents this Christmas for kids (I mean really small kids) were tablets (I’m talking mostly Kindles). You know what these kids are doing with these tablets? Playing angry birds. For $150, I think I could get one for each of my kids to play angry birds. Get the nice Nexus 7 for myself.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    This doedn’t look like a device you “release”. It comes out, it disappears. It’s one of those devices you have to scroll by to get to the interesting ones. Pass.

  • JoshGroff

    Why don’t they just price drop the A100?

  • At $150 save your extra pennies and get a Nexus 7. 16GB of storage instead of 8GB, a more powerful processor, bigger battery. The microSD is nice, but still too little processing power.

    • Tony Allen

      CPU is probably fine but the lack of RAM is the big killer.

  • hkklife

    1366×768, 1Gb RAM, JB, 16Gb storage. Those are the minimum specs for anyone wanting to even think about competing in this sector. But, instead of this horrible race to the bottom and erosion of margins, can we see a N7 refresh at the same price points?

    A 7.7″ N7 with Tegra4, bigger battery, dual cameras, and some kind of video output (MHL, Miracast, whatever) would be absolutely awesome.

    • Tony Allen

      Video out is the reason I haven’t bought a Nexus 7 yet.

      • yep

        After you get your nexus 7 look on craigslist for a used droid x2 or lg g2x and get a Bluetooth mouse your in business. I found a $25 X2 and a Asus transformer with broken screen, one for living room and bedroom.

  • 512MB RAM? when did we all travel back in time 2 years?

    • Stewie

      Yikes! Yes, run far away from this, as you are definitely getting what you paid for.

    • Big_EZ

      The ram is really the only thing that keeps this from being considered. 1 gb minimum, but I’m now spoiled with how great multi tasking is with the G Note 2s 2 gb of ram.

  • Detonation

    Other than having a micro sd slot, $50 more will get you a far superior device.

    • Droidzilla

      Pork chop sandwiches!!!

  • schoat333

    The look is refreshing, but the specs don’t meet my minimum. It needs at least 1gb RAM, and 16GB of internal memory

  • Vyrlokar

    IIRC, this thing has a 1024×600 screen. Seriously, don’t get this, just for the increased pixel desity, get a Nexus 7.

  • Eric Franca

    512MB RAM and 8GB of memory? I think an extra $50 is worth the extra RAM and space. Unless that’s some kind of beastly processor.

    • Aaron

      If it has a micro SD slot I could live with 8GB of storage. But would another 512MB RAM really add that much to the build cost? Maybe $1 or 2 at most.

      • Eric Franca

        Right? At least Vizio has the right idea in competing with the Nexuses (Nexi?). Who knows if they’ll be competitively priced though.

    • itznfb

      Just goes to show how tough it is to compete against the N7. Acer thrives at making decently performing gadgets at great prices and they are struggling to even enter the N7 arena.

  • Captain_Doug

    I hope this trend continues. I have fantasies about installing a 7″ tab into the dash of my car. At $150 or even $200, as long as it has GPS, I’m in.

    • Donald Sweeper

      I had the same idea….one day my friend, one day!

    • zepfloyd

      I hope this trend doesn’t continue. Crappy hardware in a race to the bottom just gives everyone a bad name.

      • Captain_Doug

        If the consumer expects an inexpensive tablet, more tablets like the Nexus 7 will pop up. Inexpensive doesn’t have to equal crappy.

        • zepfloyd

          It doesn’t HAVE to, but that’s exactly where it goes. Google specifically took it’s time to find the balance between price and quality to make the 7 happen. As the space becomes more crowded with already thin to zero margin, it becomes how to undercut the other guy for the lowest dollar and that always inevitably equals a sacrifice in quality. At the end of the day the unknowing consumer blames Android for being crappy.

          • Captain_Doug

            I don’t see any way of avoiding crappy hardware. OEMs always try to maximize profits by minimizing quality. I’d just like the price to match.

        • Tony Allen

          Inexpensive doesn’t have to equal a bad user experience, 512Mb of RAM will induce a bad experience on a modern Android tablet.

          The Nexus 7 has proven that cheap hardware doesn’t have to feel cheap when you use/own/handle it. the 8GB N7 would essentially be at this price point if it were still being sold now.

    • Droidzilla

      I actually did that; makes the car very modern (’05 WRX wagon with an STi engine). Touch screen, Google Music, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Netflix, Google Maps Navigation; it really is pretty epic. Get a halfway decent amp off of Amazon and a few wires and you’re in it for about as much as a stock stereo replacement with something not even close to as capable. Best thing I ever did on my car.

      Well, maybe not the “best;” hard to argue a stereo is better than a bigger turbo. Let’s just say it’s definitely in the top 5 mods I’ve put on the vehicle.

      • Captain_Doug

        I want to be your friend so I can borrow your car. Not just because of the in dash tablet but I love Subaru’s. Had a Legacy awhile back. Died after 260,000 miles. Great car.

        • Droidzilla

          Well, it might not be the best car to borrow in its current state! It badly needs a clutch and a few other things (coolant lines, refurbish the ps pump; etc.). I have most of the parts, but I just don’t have time to put them in what with my first kid only a month old. It’ll be a monster when I do, though: 2.5L block with 2.0L heads, Vf39 turbo, 3″ exhaust all the way with no cats (no smog in my area, so it’s legit), HIDs/LEDs all around, COBB AP, K&N drop in, Android stereo mod, and some monster tires (General Grabber A/Ts; just add mud for fun).

          Subaru makes the best grocery-getter out there. 5 star safety rating, 5 seats, hatch back, 4 cylinder, AWD, but it’ll just beat a stock V8 Mustang off the line and destroy it in the corners, snow, and mud. All for pretty cheap, too. Love Subarus!

          • Captain_Doug

            Totally agree. I drove a wagon as well and it surprises me when I think about it as wagon. I’m pretty excited to test drive the Crosstrek XV though. I fear it may be under-powered.

          • Droidzilla

            A Subaru without a turbo is like a Subaru without AWD, in my humble opinion. The Crosstrek XV looks nice enough, but I really don’t know why you’d get one over either a used lifted WRX wagon or hopped up Forrester XT.

            For example, this car is at $10k asking price with all the mods:

            You’d save ~$13k+ over the Crosstrek but have far, far more power (and better rally looks, imo). Heck, even with a full overhaul/rebuild of most of the major systems you’d still save >$10k.

          • Captain_Doug

            I’m in love with the body though. I don’t want a smaller car but I don’t want something larger like a Forrester. It’s a pretty thin line but it’s there for me. I’m just hoping they add a turbo option later or for the 2014 model. I can wait.

  • Dr_Buttballs

    This being produced by Acer is much more damaging then the crummy specs.

  • corthney

    is there a camera on this thing? if so what mega pixels

    • Eric Franca

      -Android JellyBean operating system
      – Mediatek dual-core 1.2GHz processor (MTK 8317T)
      -7-inch diagonal WSVGA capacitive multitouch screen with 1,024 x 600 resolution display
      -8GB(1) of internal storage and 512MB DDR3 memory
      -Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n -Bluetooth® wireless technology 4.0 -GPS
      -3.5mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
      -internal speaker
      -microSD™ expansion slot with up to 32GB support
      -front-facing 0.3-megapixel webcam
      -Rechargeable 2,710 mAh battery
      -micro-USB (charging and PC connect) with USB 2.0
      -Dimensions: 197.4 mm x 128.5 mm x 11.3 mm
      -Weight: 320 g