It’s not the first time I’ve seen a product reviewed ahead of its launch, since the Sony Xperia Z received a detailed preview from Mobile Review in Russia and now it’s the turn of the Acer Iconia B1 slate to be reviewed early. We’re dealing with a 7 inch Jelly Bean tablet here, a rival for the Nexus 7 that hasn’t even been announced yet.


The review posted in the source site comes from Bulgaria, where they mention a price of about $235 for the device. For that exact price you get a 7 inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, a dual core MediaTek 8317 1.2 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. 8 GB of storage are available, expandable via microSD card, plus a VGA front camera. The platform the device is based on is Android 4.1.2 JB. The tablet is a prototype with a strange free space on the left, that may be dedicated to a future SIM card on a future 3G version.

The pixel density on the slate is 170 ppi, so it’s better than the iPad Mini in that area, but the viewing angles are a bit lower. The brightness is also lower than its rivals, at 209 cd/m2, with the Nexus 7 offering 400 cd/m2. The sound of the internal speakers is reported as strong and completely clean. More details in the review here.