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 $99 tablet be something you could see yourself purchasing?
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Umm.. not really.. as I believe that such a device would be a hit in schools, for personal use I wouldn’t rely on such a device. I almost bought a Nexus 7 because it had a wonderful price. The Transformer Pad Infinity also seemed like a cool idea for a tablet for me. I am however inclined to think that devices with powerful specs are the future of tablets as personal devices and the 99$ ones are good as educational or entry-level devices.
Acer need only copy the specs of the no-name China tabs and it will still sell like pancakes (outside the US). But to really cut a fat slice of the market, they need to make their tablet stand out. Put in decent cameras, decent speakers, and most importantly, a replaceable battery to feed those multicore processors indefinitely,… and Acer will have my $99.
You bet ya, faster than a heartbeat! And then it’s off to a dumb phone without all the needed tending to, ahh makeing calls…clear calls..