Acer's plans to launch a low cost tablet targeted at emerging markets are hardly a secret. Last week, WSJ reported
that the company is planning to release the $99 Iconia B1 in "early 2013". We had speculated that we might see the tablet being announced at CES, and the latest bit of information we've heard from our sources all but confirms the same.
According to our source, the tablet will be reach Indian shores as early as end of January, and will be priced at an attractive Rs. 7,999. Our source did not confirm the rumoured specs, but did mention that the tablet will indeed be running Jelly Bean, as rumoured.
If the pricing and launch date turn out to be right, we expect the tablet to do really well. The Rs. 7,999 pricing of this $99 tablet would be great news for customers following the disappointment of Nexus 7 pricing in India.
For the tablet to reach India by end of January, a launch during CES would make sense. Last year, Acer previewed the Iconia Tab A700 at CES, and the Acer Iconia B1 the year before that, so a CES launch would, again, be logical.
To recap, the Acer Iconia B1 is likely to sport a 7-inch screen with a 1024x600 resolution. It will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor alongside 512MB RAM and come with 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD slot), GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.
We'll let you know if any of the specs get confirmed by our source.