Acer said to be prepping a $99 Android tablet

Another interesting story at the Wall Street Journal this morning: according to a "person with direct knowledge of the project," Acer is cooking up a $99 Android tablet for a launch early next year.

Dubbed the Iconia B1, the device will reportedly have a 7" 1024x600 screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, making it roughly comparable to similar-sized offerings from Google and Amazon. Of course, if the report is accurate, it will be much cheaper. Google's Nexus 7 is priced at $199, while Amazon's cheapest Kindle Fire costs $159. There's been talk of a cheaper Nexus 7, but the rumor mill doesn't expect Google to charge less than $129 or so.

So, what's the catch? Well, the Journal says Acer will target the Iconia B1 at "emerging markets" and set pricing "country-by-country." In other words, the device might cost $99 in India, but there's no telling whether it will be available in the U.S.—or how much it will cost here. Acer did submit the device to the FCC for validation, though, so you can keep your fingers crossed.

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