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Acer to 'launch budget tablet in 2013'

Acer Iconia Tab A110

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Acer will reportedly unveil a budget seven-inch tablet dubbed the Iconia B1 early next year.

The Wall Street Journal claims to have heard that the PC manufacturer is planning to undercut the likes of Amazon and Barnes & Noble with a slate priced at just $99 (£61).

"In the past few months, we've made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market," said the publication's source. "The launch of the Nexus 10 has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing."

The Iconia B1 is said to feature a 1,024 x 600 resolution display and 1.2GHz dual core processor, but could be aimed exclusively at the emerging markets.

A different source indicated that Acer is also working on a larger tablet running the Windows 8 operating system that will offer a cheaper alternative to Microsoft's Surface and Sony's Duo 11.

Acer previously delayed its range of Windows tablets after the Surface slate was greeted with lukewarm reviews.
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