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Acer quietly announces replacement for Iconia B1 tablet

Acer announced the launch of its second generation Iconia B1 tablet, one which is set to replace the original one. The announcement goes a long way to explain the current £20 discount on the first generation Iconia B1 tablet, one that cuts the price of the tablet from £99 to £79.

Unlike the Acer Iconia A1, the B1 aims for an entry level audience as revealed by its specification. It runs on a dual-core or quad-core system-on-chip (almost certainly from Mediatek) plus 1GB of RAM, a 7in 1,024 x 600 pixel display, 8GB onboard storage, a front facing camera and a microSD card slot.

The Iconia B1 will go on sale in mid-June and will carry an SRP of £109. A 3G version of the tablet, known as the B1-711, will go on sale a few weeks later and will cost £149. Acer didn’t say whether these prices apply to the two-core or four-core models.

Rivals to that tablet will include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0, the Asus MeMo Pad ME172V and the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000.

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