If you read the headline and thought “Another tablet?”, you may be on to something. As previously reported, Acer’s submission of a tablet device to the FCC is expected to hit shelves in the first quarter of 2013. The tablet, which has the potential to be competitive with Amazon’s Kindle, may not be coming to the U.S. at all. A person with direct knowledge of the situation said Acer is planning to target emerging countries before making a decision on whether to bring the tablet (reportedly named the Iconia B1) to the U.S. market.
This may be a very smart move by Acer. With a very crowded tablet market here in the U.S. that gets deeper every day, a budget tablet may get lost in the shuffle. While we love our low cost electronics, something as plain as this may be lost on us. Reportedly aimed at the Chinese market, this could be a huge win for Acer. China is a huge country with a lot of potential for growth. Getting into the Chinese market with a popular device at this point would be wonderful for any company.
Would a $99 tablet be something you could see yourself purchasing?