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Acer Planning 7-inch $99 Tablet with Dual-core CPU

Rumor has it that Acer is working around the clock to launch a new, cheap tablet, with a price tag of $99. Well, at least what the latest sources quoted by a reputed publication are claiming. The journalists at Wall Street Journal write that the new $99 tablet will be launched in 2013 and that it will be named Acer Iconia B1.

The same source also writes about the hardware specifications of the Acer Iconia B1. So, we learn that the $99 tablet will have a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1,240 x 600 pixels, and a pixel density of 169 ppi. Acer Iconia B1 will reportedly sport a dual-core 1.2 GHz Mediatek CPU, 8 GB of internal storage, expandable using a microSD card (up to 32 GB supported), and 512 MB of RAM.

Sources indicate that Acer Iconia B1 will leave the factory gates pre-loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and that it will pack WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GSP, plus a 2,710 mAh battery.

For a mere $99 and the aforementioned specs, Acer Iconia B1 seems to be a veritable “bargain.” The 7-inch tablet sands out for its dual-core processor, the decent screen resolution and its storage capacity of up to 40 GB, not to mention the buttery-smooth Android Jelly Bean.

Unfortunately, the battery has only 2,710 mAh, so the autonomy might be badly affected. This is one of Acer’s problems, as the company’s portfolio also¬†accommodates¬†several other tablets with below-par battery life.

Summing up, the Acer Iconia B1 will be a decent alternative for the customers with low budgets. Would you consider buying the $99 tablet?