Acer Iconia B1 tablet updated with new design, better internals, and optional 3G
Hot on the heels of the brand new Acer Iconia A1, which was just announced a few days ago, comes the second-generation Acer Iconia B1 with an updated design, improved specs, and optional 3G connectivity. It now sports a look similar to that of Acer’s more expensive, high-end tablets, and yet it’s aimed squarely at the entry-level market.
The new Iconia B1 is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek, the same 7-inch WSVGA display from the previous model, 1GB RAM, and choices of either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. The Iconia B1 used to be good enough, but now it’s merely good. Acer worked its way through one whole word. And that’s progress.
Acer plans on releasing the Wi-Fi-only version of the Iconia B1 first in Europe, Middle East and Africa starting in mid-June with a €129 price tag. Meanwhile, the 3G-enabled version will be sold for €179. Read the full press release below for all of the details.
Iconia B1 with New Face and Connectivity Options
New York, (May 3, 2013), Acer today unveiled the second generation Acer Iconia B1 with a new pure and simple design, increased performance and additional 3G(2) data connection option, setting a new standard for a tablet targeted at young or new users or families looking for an additional tablet for their children. The Iconia B1 is also ideal for busy individuals seeking a convenient mobile companion.
At 17.8 cm (7”) – the same size as standard book page – the display is comfortable for e-reading, web browsing, playing games and watching videos. The Iconia B1 joins forces today with the launch of the Iconia A1 to offer a uniformed look and feel when searching for a tablet solution for all members of the family.
The Acer Iconia B1 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire V Series touch notebooks and Iconia A1. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design. #AcerTouch.
Highly Responsive Fun
To take your experience to the next level, this tablet combines a 1.2GHz dual-core or quad-core(3) processor or quadand 1GB of memory for fast and smooth gaming, web browsing and video watching with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system to get quickly precise answers to your search queries and seamless browsing. For many search queries performed through VoiceSearch, you can now hear a spoken answer quickly.
Fast and Free Media
Over 500 free online magazines from hundreds of publishers and top web sites are always at your fingertips thanks to Google Currents. The recently updated smart mobile app allows you to discover, read, and share your favorite new outlets, blogs and online magazine on the 17.8 cm (7”) WSVGA (1,024 x 600) capacitive display – even when offline. If you are into playing, you have more than 700,000 games and apps from the Play Store to choose from.
Capture and Share More
To top off the rich experience, the Iconia B1 comes with a front-facing camera to engage in live chats with your friends. The camera is on the top right corner and works also when in landscape mode, allowing your friends to get into the picture during a video chat. Available with WiFi or 3G(2) data connection as 8GB(4) or 16GB(4) version with the option to add 32GB(4) via via microSD™, the Iconia B1 is the ideal easy companion for tablet newbies or children while adults use their own.
Pricing and Availability
The Iconia B1-710 (WiFi) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa mid-June at a starting price of €129.-. (1)
The Iconia B1-711 (3G) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa end of July at a starting price of €179.-. (1)
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1. Estimated street price. Actual price may vary.
2. Wireless connection requires wireless data service contract and network support, and is not available in all areas. Contact service provider to determine the coverage area and availability. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors.
3. Configuration may vary by model.
4. Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes). User-available storage subject to change based on system software and application usage.
5. IDC 2012