Giant TVs, laser-equipped cars, wearable computers -- it must be the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Which products will dazzle?
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Rise of the budget tablets
While Apple sticks with premium pricing, other tablet manufacturers have turned to budget-priced models to drive volume. Acer on Friday announced two affordable Android tablets that will be on display at the show: the Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720. The 830 features a 7.9-inch, 1024-by-768-pixel screen, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom 1.6-GHz CPU, and 16 GB of online storage. Acer said the tablet lasts seven hours on one charge and will sell for $180. The more modest B1-720 sports a 7-inch screen and a 1.3-GHz dual-core processor and has a battery life of only five hours. It will retail for $130.
Other tablets will be even easier on the wallet. Datawind's $38 Android-powered UbiSlate tablet (pictured above) is coming to the U.S. market and will be displayed at CES. The company claims the device already outsells the iPad in India, where it has been available since last year. The UbiSlate and other budget tablets will command attention -- but must deliver a decent user experience to make a real impact.
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