Acer’s New Entry-Level Iconia Tab B1-A71 Passes Through The FCC

Acer appears to be preparing a new entry-level addition to its Iconia tablet family, according to an FCC application for the Iconia Tab B1-A71. The 7-inch device is expected to run the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system on a dual-core processor. And according to the plans above, it’ll look a lot like a Nook tablet.

According to GLBenchmarks for the mystery device, which were discovered by Engadget, the 7-inch display will offer a 1024×600-pixel resolution, while the processor will be a 1.2GHz dual-core solution. As for the graphics, they’ll be powered by a PowerVR SGX 531 GPU. Although it will have Wi-Fi connectivity — as you might expect — there’ll be no 3G or LTE option.

The benchmarks actually popped up before, but the recent FCC filing makes them a little more legitimate. It also suggests the slate’s launch may not be too far away. It could be one of Acer’s CES offerings — we’ll find out in January.