According to a new report, Acer is going to try to break the $100 retail price barrier with the Iconia B1.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the recently rumored Acer Iconia B1 is a 7-inch tablet that may end up being the first to hit the $99 retail price. Speaking with a person with direct knowledge of the project, this is indeed the company’s intent.
From the specs that have leaked from the device passing through the FCC, it will have features similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook HD, but it will undercut the $139 price tag those two devices enjoy. While the $99 price tag does look to be the target, the source said the price will be determined on a country by country basis, and it will probably be aimed mostly at emerging markets. Just because it has passed through the FCC, it doesn’t mean that the Iconia B1 is a lock to be released in the U.S.
It appears that the majority of the action in the tablet market is going to be happening in the 7-inch range for the moment, and if these rumors prove to be true, a $99 option could change things drastically.