A few weeks ago, reports trickled down from the mount that Acer was prepping a $100 (UK price wasn't mentioned, but $100 is around £60 - £70) 7-inch tablet with specs that were juuuussssssst decent enough to be usable. The Iconia B1-A71 seems to fit the bill. Except, well, for the bill.
The Iconia B1-A71 has a 1.2GHz processor, a 1024x600 display, 8GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, Android Jelly Bean (nice!), and a 0.3MP camera (less nice!). All of which makes its closest comparison the original Kindle Fire, Amazon's price-structure-shattering tablet of last year. So far so good.
But then you remember that Amazon still sells the Kindle Fire for £159, and that it now has 1GB of RAM, and suddenly the case for the $150 Acer (still cheap, at under £100) becomes slightly less compelling. At the originally rumored $100 this thing would have been a no-brainer; at $150 your brain is probably nudges you gently towards Amazon.
Still, it's nice to see cheap(er) tablets that aren't as feeble as the junk you'll find in PC World. And we'll have a much better idea what to expect from budget entry when we go hands on with it this week at CES.