A couple days ago, we heard rumours that Asus might be prepping a super-cheap Nexus tablet around the £70 price range. Today, the rumourmongers are full of talk that Acer is also planning on getting in on the cut-price tablet action, with a super-cheap 7-incher to go toe-to-toe with Amazon and Asus in the budget slate wars.
The Wall Street Journal is quoting "a person with direct knowledge of the project" (as it always is) saying that Acer will launch a super-cheap tablet, named the Iconia B1, early next year. It's claimed to have a 7-inch, 1024x600 screen, powered by a 1.2GHz processor; operating system unnamed, but Android of some description would be a pretty safe bet. The WSJ is saying that it's the same device pictured on a Serbian forum earlier this month, so if those are anything to go by, the only design flair on display is a garish primary-coloured band round the edges.
In any case, it looks like things will be heating up in the budget tablet market, with Amazon's budget Fire tablet looking to come under heavy pressure early next year. I for one won't be complaining -- increased competition is all for the good for us consumer bods. The move also shows a return for Acer to its budget roots, and kinda a last throw of the dice for a company that's been quite badly elbowed out of the tablet market. Now, if they could just sort out the bad styling and god-awful customer service...[Wall Street Journal and Benchmark]