Second-gen Acer Iconica B1 tablet adds 3G connectivity, remains affordable contender

Acer has updated the Iconica B1 tablet just a few months after we first saw the original 7-inch device at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.

As well as the £110 B1-710 Wi-Fi model, the key difference between the original B1 and the latest top-spec B1-711 model - which comes in at £129 - is that 3G connectivity has been added for connectivity on the go. A small premium for a big feature difference? Makes sense to us.

READ: Acer Iconica B1 pictures and hands-on

Like the original model, the Iconica B1-711 with 3G runs Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google's Android operating system, powered along by its 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM.

For the price point the latest Iconica B1 looks to be a fair balance for what's on offer and the ability to expand storage via a microSD slot means up to an extra 32GB can be added on top of the 8GB in the standard model. There's also a new 16GB model option but no price on that as yet.

Screen-wise the 1,024 x 600 resolution isn't HD which may come as a disappointment, but that's a given at this price point. A HD version would make sense, but then that'd add to the price premium too - and it's that affordable price point which really sells the B1.

The announcement of the 7.9-inch Iconica A1 appears to show Acer's focus towards a wider range of slightly more advanced tablets to cater for all users and price points and we're sure there's more to come.

READ Acer Iconica A1 pictures and hands-on

The second-generation Iconica B1 sorts out the one major gripe we had with the first generation model's lack of on-the-go connectivity. Like.



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