According to the WSJ, Acer's going to build the world's first tablet that manages to break the $US100 barrier without being a glorified cheese plate. That's the good news. The bad news? You probably won't get the chance to buy it.
According to the WSJ report, Acer's $US100 Iconia B1 won't be in the same class as a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. But its 7-inch, 1024x600 display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor would put it in the same class as the original Kindle Fire, a device that sold for $US200 when it came out last year and is currently marked down to $US140. And undercutting Amazon is no small feat.
All of which sounds great, especially if you're looking for a minimal investment starter-tablet for your clumsy kid. But while this hundred dollar tablet seems confident, it's also bound for places you (likely) don't live. Acer's targeting emerging markets with the Iconia B1:
While the device has been submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for clearance, it's uncertain whether it will actually be sold stateside.
It happens all the time; different markets have different needs, and by the time the B1's ready for showtime it'll probably feel hopelessly outdated against the current competition, low price or not.
Still, it'd be nice to at least have the option, especially given that you'd pay $US100 for the adorable but horribly gimped LeapPad 2. At the very least, maybe it'll give some other hardware honcho inspiration to do the same here. Looking at you, HP. [WSJ]