Acer working on quad-core budget tablets in 8 and 10-inch versions: Report

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Acer unveiled the 7-inch Iconia B1 tablet at CES earlier this month and we saw the Android 4.1 tablet hit Indian shores at a price of Rs. 7,999.

Now rumours being churned out of China Times indicate that the company might be building 8 and 10-inch tablets that are expected to be priced anywhere between NT$ 6,000 ($205) and NT$7,000 ($239) respectively. Furthermore, they're likely to be powered by the latest MediaTek quad-core processor.

Speaking to the publication, Acer CEO Linxian Lang talked about the possibility of expanding the company's tablet lineup with more screen sizes and different prices to compete with other tablet manufacturers, especially Google and Amazon.

If these speculations are anything to go by, then the quad-core processors could give the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD a tough competition. Lang also mentions that Acer expects to ship 200 million tablets this year, 80 million of which will be higher-end models.

As far as availability is concerned, a separate report in the Taipei Times hints at  Q4 release. But considering that the Iconia B1 did not make it Stateside, it's possible that these tablet meet wight he same fate.

Speaking of the Iconia B1, the tablet sports a 7-inch display with 1024x600 resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor (MTK 8317T) alongside 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It features a microSD card to expand the available storage by another 32GB. Connectivity options on the Acer Iconia B1 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro-USB. There's a VGA front camera as well.

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