acer iconia b1-71

Acer today announced a new 7-inch tablet offering, the Iconia B1-A71. They have said this tablet is suited for first-time tablet users and children, so not ideal for the power-user base.

Android Central @ CES

The Iconia B1-A71 boasts:

  • Jelly Bean
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 7-inch display (1024 x 600)
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • WiFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • Front-facing 0.3 MP camera

No specific prices yet, but Acer did say it will be priced below $150, so very aggressive.

Source: Acer

 
There are 14 comments

Firehazel says:

RAM?

decke003 says:

yes

Firehazel says:

Just looked it up, 512MB.

Passable if you're using a handful of apps.

Vyrlokar says:

I heard 512 on another site.

People, unless this thing is priced at $99 or less, it does not compete with the Nexus 7.

The screen resolution is horrendous.
The CPU is low powered.
Storage is limited.
It doesn't have much RAM.
It does have a microSD slot though, so that's something that places it above the N7. Mind you, the default N7 right now has 16 GB of storage, so you need to add an 8 GB microSD card to match it.

Some peoples buying decisions are based solely on price, not on specs. If it comes in at $50 less than the N7 that's all they are going to care about.

bp240 says:

Did you even read? "...aimed at first time users and children" not "aimed at Nexus 7 buyers who want to save a little cash"

This tablet isn't for the Nexus 7 buyer, nor is it in a similar market. It's a cheap tablet that is specifically "not for the power user". Also, they didn't say what the price was, only what it would be below. Considering how awful most $99 tablets are, anything less than $150 would put this thing evenly between those awful things and the cheapest Nexus 7. If I'm buying a grandparent a tablet or a child a tablet (although I probably wouldn't give a child one) and have a set budget of $150, I'm not going to shell out an extra $50 for a 7 if they don't need it. $50 extra is practically nothing to us who read about high end devices and their costs all the time, but the average consumer who doesn't need much is going to see that and say "well gee that's a 33% price increase for stuff I don't need."

MERCDROID says:

I'm trying to stop the whole "+9000" crap, but I will say this: If this tablet is priced around $99, it will completely dominate that price point for quite awhile. Every now and then, I see a deal on an 8GB Nexus 7 or the first generation Kindle Fire. But, even when those two are on sale, they are still priced above $99, and many times they are still used tablets. A capable tablet at $99 brand new would do great, and it would satisfy a portion of the market that doesn't care about specs as much as a capable, affordable experience.

Suntan says:

Have you seen the needs for small children?

You don't need 2GB of RAM to play Dr. Panda's Hospital or to auto-read "Horton Hears a Who."

If the person doesn't need to have multiple apps running and updating in the background, 512MB is fine to run light apps one at a time.

Add an SD card full of "Dinosaur Train" episodes for long car rides and it starts to look like a really compelling option for a kid's tablet.

-Suntan

robocopvn says:

1.2ghz dual core means nothing. What kind of CPU used is more important. Trust me, in my country there are many cheap Chinese tablet with dual core CPU and it waste your hard-earn money :D

Hope this Acer get at least Novathor SOC

worknman says:

Acer needs to work on its product naming scheme. Like I'm going to remember 'Iconia B1-A71' when I go to the store to buy one of these things.

Kalu Wanjala says:

Products that target children tend to be successful in the long run... http://techarena.co.ke/index.php/gadgets/3075.html

Ry says:

It doesn't seem like there are any UI enhancement geared towards kids like the NABI. No user-friendly name also hurts.

MERCDROID says:

I agree: if this is supposed to be marketed at children, the UI should at least reflect such.