Acer Launching $99 Iconia B1 Iconia Tablet Early in 2013
It should shape up to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Color, but at first, it's going to be aimed at emerging markets that may be more accepting of low-res panels and last-gen specifications. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if the $99 price point is going to be "low" once this ships. At CES, we're apt to see a flood of similar products -- low-cost 7" slates from here, there, and everywhere. The race to the bottom is real, and Acer is likely to simply be one amongst the crowd. We aren't told what version of Android this B1 will run, but there's no question that the price squeeze is going put real pressure on rivals. Looks like the tablet war is about to take it to an entirely new level.