The Acer Iconia B1-A71 -- rolls right of the tongue, doesn't it -- is the manufacturer's latest Android tablet offering with a distinctly budget target market. While the hardware specs are pretty low end compared to some of the latest and greatest, it does at least bring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for a reasonable price.
When the device leaked pre-CES, we were expecting the B1-A71 to be aimed at the more emerging tablet markets, and one pre-show leak from Bulgaria seemed to back this up. The official word from Acer is that the tablet will be launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from mid-January. The price? Starting at €119 (£97/$155.) On the conversion rates alone, it prices still £60 and $45 less than the Google Nexus 7, and for many the extra money is more than worth the notable step up in hardware.
But, this tablet isn't necessarily for us, or for anyone who wants a Nexus 7. Some of the markets that will be receiving this tablet don't have the Nexus 7 for sale, or if they do, it's at a high premium. The marketing for this tablet is also aimed at first-time buyers, and children. And ultimately, if it helps get more Android into more hands, for not much money, it can't be all bad, right?