Acer Iconia BI 16GB Android Tablet Launches: MWC
The 7-inch tablet offers a triangular corner grip on the lower left side to improve single-hand usage and weighs in at a light 320 grams.BARCELONA, Spain—Computer maker Acer has followed up the January release of the low-end 8GB Iconia BI tablet with the debut at Mobile World Congress of a 16GB edition, targeted at young or new users or families looking for an additional tablet for their children. The 7-inch tablet offers a triangular corner grip on the lower left side to improve single-hand usage and weighs in at a light 320 grams. The device combines a Mediatek 1.2GHz dual-core processor with Google Android's Jelly Bean operating system. For many search queries performed through VoiceSearch, users can now hear a spoken answer. Features include wireless connectivity by way of Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth wireless technology 4.0, GPS capabilities, a 3.5mm headset, headphone and microphone jack, an internal speaker a microSD expansion slot with up to 32GB support a front-facing 0.3-megapixel webcam, a rechargeable 2,710 mAh battery and micro-USB (charging and PC connect) with USB 2.0 technology. The camera, located on the top right corner, works also when in landscape mode, allowing other contacts to get into the picture during a video chat. Other pre-loaded features include the recently updated smart mobile app Google Currents, which allows users to discover, read and share their favorite news outlets, blogs and online magazines on the 7-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) capacitive display, even if they’re offline.
A company release noted the Iconia B1-A71 16GB is available currently in Europe, Middle East and Africa with a starting price of $183, though it is unknown when or if the tablet will ever reach American shores.