The much talked about Acer Iconia B1 is set to be priced at $99 and will be launched early next year, a report by The Wall Street Journal states, citing sources with direct know how about the project.

It had been rumoured in the past that the Acer Iconia B1 would be priced at $99 but those were mere speculations and this is the first time a major publication has revealed the pricing details about the upcoming tablet from Acer, thereby in the process competing with the budget-friendly Nexus 7 priced at $199.

As of now there is no confirmation of the final pricing, according to the report and pricing of this tablet will vary from country to country. The tablet is designed for developing markets and may not be available for purchase the world over.

Official image leaked online

Official image leaked online

The sources have informed the publication stating, “In the past few months, we’ve made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market. The launch of the Nexus 10 (made by Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. with a US$399 starting price) has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing.”

As mentioned earlier, this is not the first time details about the Acer Iconia B1 have surfaced. A leak on GLBenchmark has revealed some of the specifications of a tablet known as Acer Iconia B1-A71. This tablet will compete directly with the rumoured budget offering from Asus, which is codenamed ME172V and tipped to be a Nexus tablet.

The Acer Iconia B1-A71 has recently been cleared by the Federal Communications Commission and this tablet is believed to make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show slated to take place in January 2013.

From the GLBenchmark, a few details of the device have been revealed such as it will run on Android 4.1.2 and will feature a screen size of 1024 x 552 pixels which would translate it to an actual display size of 1024 x 600 pixels with a pixel density of 169 ppi. The processor noted here is 1.2GHz dual-core and the GPU is PowerVR SGX 531.

According to a post on, this 7-inch offering from Acer will also come equipped with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The thread also features some press shots of the tablet giving us a preview of what it will look like once it gets officially unveiled.

It appears that the budget Nexus from Asus, the ME172V, will face some serious competition from the likes of the Acer Iconia B1-A71.

For those of you who do not know what the Asus ME172V is about, it is a tablet that is believed to be a Nexus branded device with a 7-inch form factor. The tablet will come in black and white colour variants and will be priced between $129 to $149. This is a bit more expensive than the previously perceived price tag of $99. This low-end tablet from Asus will feature a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels with a TN panel rather than an IPS panel, which means viewing angles will not be as great. The device now is believed to sport a VIA WM8950 chipset featuring a single Cortex-A9 core and Mali-400 GPU along with 1GB of RAM. The internal memory found here is said to be 16GB and as far as camera optics are concerned, the device will feature a 1.3MP camera.

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