Expectations for budget tablets are continually increasing, and the Acer Iconia B1-720 is one of the first at CES 2014 to try to meet them. The new model, a slight upgrade from last year's Iconia B1-A71, boasts fresh features including a slimmer build, textured back, and faster internals.
The Acer Iconia B1-720 tablet ships with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 and houses a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It also packs a microSD card expansion slot and front-facing camera, as well as purportedly better sound quality and battery life.
Acer's new budget 7-incher brandishes a 10-point touch display with One Glass Solution technology -- for a thinner and brighter display. The screen resolution of the new Iconia B1 has yet to be revealed but, considering the price, I'm not expecting anything impressive.
Budget tablets are an increasingly attractive option for casual users and, though the $129 starting price is low for today's standards, competitively priced 7-inch tablets with specs like the Acer Iconia B1-720 are a dime-a-dozen. Despite the minor upgrades, the tablet appears to follow in its predecessor's footsteps by offering little to get excited about.
According to Acer, the Iconia B1-720 will be available in stores in mid-January. Check back for a closer look at the tablet when we get out hands on it at CES 2014.