Acer announces Iconia A1-830 & Iconia B1-720, two budget tablets


Acer-Iconia-B1-720-back-finishAcer announced two new budget-friendly tablets that will hold the show in Vegas, at CES 2014, the Iconia B1-720 7-inch entry-level tablet and the Iconia A1-830 7.9-inch slate.

Starting with the Iconia B1, it belongs in the lowest market segment, even below the Nexus 7 tablets. It has a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, possibly a MediaTek, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD expansion slot. The resolution of its display hasn’t been specified, though we guess it’s south of HD. The B1 has a single camera, and it’s on the front side, again, of unknown resolution. It runs on Android 4.2.1 Jellybean and it’s said to last up to 5 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.

The Acer Iconia B1 will launch in the United States later this month, for a suggested retail price of $129.99, in grey and red.

The Acer A1-830 is a slightly bigger device, with a screen measuring 7.9 inches. Its resolution is 1024×768 pixels, which is rather low by today’s standards. But nevertheless, the display may still turn out to be good. It houses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, expandable via microSD. It has two cameras, unlike the Iconia B1, again of undisclosed resolutions. It’s said, though, that the rear shooter can record 1080p videos, while the front camera maxes out 720p. The battery life of the A1-830 is rated at 7.5 hours, thanks to the efficient processor. The A1-830 runs on Android 4.2 Jellybean.

Acer will launch the A1-830 in USA and Canada in the first quarter of 2014, for $179.99.

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