While attending the launch of Acer’s new BYOC ecosystem, we came across a 7 inch tablet that we had not previously seen in the flesh, the new Acer Iconia One B1-730. Set to retail for around $130, the B1-730 runs Intel’s Clover Trail processor and sports a slightly rubberized rear panel that will be available in ten colors at launch.
The Iconia One B1-730 is the follow up to the B1-720 that first appeared early this year, a 7 inch device with a 1,024 x 600 pixel display and a MediaTek system-on-chip. The new B1-730 uses an Intel Atom Z2560, a dual core 1.6GHz processor based on the Clover Trail architecture. The display has also had an upgrade with a 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution IPS LCD screen. In terms of memory the device is equipped with 1GB of memory and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage depending on model. Although we were expecting a 5MP rear camera, the model we got hold of was in fact a slightly disappointing 2MP, still an improvement on the previous generation and its 640 x 480 shooter.
Check out our hands on video from the BYOC launch event in Taipei:
The device we had hold of at the event was running a pretty vanilla, almost Nexus-like Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, but we are hoping that will be upgraded to 4.4 Kit Kat when it hits shelves. It is interesting to see that Acer have also decided to launch the B1-730 in a total of 10 colors. In fact we are looking forward to seeing what Acer will do with all these different colored tablets at their booth during Computex 2014 next week.
The colorful back panel is non-removable, as is the reasonably generous 3,700mAh battery that resides within. The finish on the back is pretty attractive, with a very slightly rubberized plastic feel that will help to give the device a good in-hand feel that also negates slipperiness.
We can expect the official launch of the Acer Iconia One B1-730 during Computex next week, and anticipate it retailing for a very aggressive price of around $130.