£99 Acer B1-A71 tablet revealed at CES 2013
By Dave Stevenson
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 at 16:27
Acer has used CES 2013 to announce the B1-A71, a 7in tablet running Android 4 (Jelly Bean).
The real headline is the price: at £99 the B1-A71 undercuts the Google Nexus 7 by around £60 and the cheapest iPad by more than £180.
Running a 1.2GHz processor and offering 8GB of storage, the B1-A71 is unlikely to be the last word in performance, but will likely suffice for those with modest aspirations for a tablet, such as basic web surfing and email duties.
The screen is a twisted nematic (TN), rather than the higher quality In-Plane Switching, TFT but Acer hopes that customers will be swayed primarily by the B1-A71’s low price.
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One major tick in its favour is its microSD slot, allowing users to expand the available storage by up to 32GB.
Although Android tablets have made occasional forays towards affordability we've yet to see one that offers a reasonable user experience for the money - the last £99 tablet reviewed by PC Pro was the dismal 7in Next Media Tablet, whose 300MHz processor and 128MB of RAM was nowhere near enough to deliver the kind of performance users demand.
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TN screen, not IPS
In the fourth paragraph you got "In Plane Switching" and "Twisted Nematic" the wrong way around.
According to other sources, this device ships with a TN TFT.
This should read:
"The screen is a Twisted Nematic (TN) TFT rather than a higher quality In-Plane Switching (IPS) touchscreen, but Acer hopes that customers will be swayed primarily by the B1-A71’s low price."
By scombellack on 10 Jan 2013
Apologies for the error. Now corrected.
By Barry_Collins on 11 Jan 2013
I recently got a Pipo U1 for £93. Not a big-name manufacturer, granted, but it has a 7" IPS Display at 1280X720, a Dual-Core 1.6GHz CPU, Quad-Core GPU, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of Storage, MicroSD, HDMI and USB all in an Aluminium case. It flies along with even the most demanding games, plays Hi-Def video and I easily get a full day's use out of it. Why would you waste money on one of these (or worse, an iPad Mini)?
By Bassey1976 on 11 Jan 2013
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