Acer will launch a second-generation Iconia B1 tablet this June, just five months after it announced the original, according to sources in the company’s supply chain. The Taiwanese company had originally planned to launch the device towards the end of 2013, but has moved its launch forward several months.
Acer is also said to be planning a new 10-inch entry-level tablet for this summer.
Acer recently shifted forward the launch of its second-generation Iconia B1 tablet from the end of 2013 originally to June and also moved volume production of its 10-inch entry-level tablet from the fourth quarter to the summer, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
The original Iconia B1 was announced just five months ago, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Priced at $150, the device competes with devices like the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and it’s thought that Acer has shifted the release of the second-generation device to counter the latest iterations of these devices.
In addition to a new Iconia B1, Acer is also said to be planning a new 10-inch entry-level tablet with a MediaTek processor that will launch in August, though it’s unclear what this will be called or what it might bring.
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- Source DigiTimes