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    Aug 2011

    Default Acer working on a cheaper Windows 8 tablet

    A lot of talk surrounding Acer and its upcoming line-up of tablets is circulated around the $99 tablet – the Acer Iconia B1. However, it appears that it is not just the Android platform, but the company is planning to launch a cheaper Windows-based tablet as well, sources have informed The Wall Street Journal.

    According to the report, “Another person with direct knowledge of Acer’s tablet products said the company is also planning to launch a low-priced version of its Intel-based Windows 8 tablets early next year, as its current ones are “too pricey.”

    The current Acer Iconia W510 costs $549 onwards while the Acer Iconia W700 has a starting price of $800. It appears that if Acer launches a cheaper Windows 8 tablet, it may definitely gain a large proportion of the Windows RT market due to the low price tag.

    As of now, there are no more details regarding this cheaper Windows tablet from Acer.

    For those that do not know, it was speculated that the Acer Iconia B1 would be priced at $99, but those were mere speculations and this is the first time a major publication – The Wall Street Journal – has revealed the pricing details about the upcoming tablet from Acer.

    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.

    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.”

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

    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.

    The Acer Iconia B1-A71 had 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.

    It appears that Acer will launch two budget-friendly tablets on two major operating systems and though the pricing of these tablets may cut Acer’s profit margins, the sales figure should be good in developing markets.


  2. #2
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    Mar 2012

    Default Re: Acer working on a cheaper Windows 8 tablet

    We need a OEM to break the high Windows 8 tablet/hybrid range, to boost sales. Today's economy is a very uncertain one, with a strong possibility that the US could plunge into a recession if an agreement isn't made within 3 days. However, that's not cast into stone, it may be a bluff & nothing happens, except we go back to the days of the early 2000's (the temporary tax cuts). Hopefully that's the case, I get weary of hearing these "over the cliff" threats. We weren't over the cliff prior to then, so why would we be now?

    Anyway, we need an OEM to initiate a "price war" over Windows 8 computers, & soon. These devices are unreasonably expensive for many users. A price war is exactly what we need to "correct" the pricing scale to one that's more competitive.

    Back when Windows 7 was released in 2009, the marketplace was flooded with Windows 7 computers for all budgets. Low, mid & higher priced models. The average Windows 7 notebook (a decent one) was $600 to $850, there were extremes, low budget ones for as little as $299, & high end models, at $1,300 & up. Many sold in the $400 to $600 range, a very reasonable price, when looking at XP models years back.

    The good news is that for desktop PC's, there are Windows 8 models starting in the $450 range (computer only, mouse/keyboard/monitor separate). There's a good variety of models, some higher end ones also with discrete video cards up to 3GB GDDR5. And unlike the critics thought, "the desktop is dead", they're selling.

    One thing that may be helping is the overpriced offerings of today, with the hardware (CPU/RAM) of lesser capacities than a $750 Windows 7 notebook. Many i5's (up to 3.2 GHz) packed with 8GB RAM & at least a 1GB DDR3 discrete GPU is available for that price (Windows 7). Some of today's offerings has the i5, rated at 1.6 GHz & 4GB RAM for much higher prices, w/o a discrete GPU, a must for prime time entertainment (gaming & movies).

    It's my hope that some OEM steps forward & takes the plunge & soon. Not only in pricing, but higher spec hardware also. The MSI listed in my specs below, everything except the 180GB Intel 330 SSD, all of that hardware for $779. Until recently, I'd never heard of a i5 @ 1.6 GHz, mine runs @ 2.66 GHz with a 2.90 Turbo Boost. 1.6 GHz CPU's (in relation to Windows 7 portables) are cheap, low line products, so is 4GB RAM. 8GB RAM is the "sweet spot" for dual channel RAM these days, those are 2009 RAM specs.

    The consumers wants more, not less, for their money. The Apple Way won't work for Microsoft.


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