ARCHOS 70b Brings Honeycomb at a $200 Price

What’s better than a $200 tablet? A $200 tablet with Honeycomb. ARCHOS has unveiled their latest budget-priced tablet, the 70b Internet Tablet, a slate featuring a 1.2GHz processor, 1024 x 600 7-inch capacitive display, 8GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. The ARCHOS 70b also sports WiFi connectivity, HDMI output, and expandable microSD memory. The tablet’s hardware is complimented by Android 3.2 and full access to the Android Market.

Move over Amazon Kindle Fire? It’s unlikely the price alone will be enough to sway general buyers away from the deep Amazon integration of the Kindle Fire, but at $199 the ARCHOS 70b offers a welcome alternative for those looking for a more traditional Android experience. The slate should launch in January and will be on display at CES.

DENVER, CO – (December 20, 2011) – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today the upcoming availability of the first android 3.2 ”Honeycomb” tablet under $200, the ARCHOS 70b internet tablet. The new ARCHOS 70b IT is an enhanced version of the ARCHOS 70 IT Gen 8 that features an upgraded capacitive touch screen and a powerful processor at 1.2 GHz.

The ARCHOS 70b internet tablet runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Google’s full suite of mobile applications with Android Market, giving users access to over 250,000 applications such as games, books, social media and news. With Honeycomb, users will have faster and smoother transitions between different applications, and more intuitive navigation to and from home screens.

Very slim and light, the newest version of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Gen 8, offers the best performances in terms of portability, immediate internet access, multimedia, apps and affordability. This new version has a higher resolution capacitive screen (1024 x 600) for vibrant colors and crisp clarity and has doubled the RAM to 512 MB for a smoother web experience and more efficient multi-tasking.

This connected mobile device with a sublime user interface, 3D Graphics accelerator and Wi-Fi connectivity, also comes with a full pack of connected apps such as a web browser and email application, HDMI output and Micro SD connectivity.

With this enhanced Android tablet, users will benefit from:
• An affordable price starting at $199 for 8GB
• Smoother multi-tasking and faster web experience thanks to the upgraded RAM
• Brighter colors with a high resolution capacitive screen
• Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the Android version designed for a tablet
• Access to a full array of apps with the Android Market and its 250,000 apps such as news, eMagazines, eBooks, social media, games and more
• A full multimedia experience with upgraded multimedia ARCHOS apps for video and music
• HDMI output, giving users full access to their Android experience on their TV including all the pre-loaded apps, video playback, 3D games, photos and all the Android Market apps

Availability & Price:
The ARCHOS 70b internet tablet will be available in stores starting in January with the recommended retail price of $199.

 

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  • Aslan N.L. Bollin

    Def worth atleast a look. Even if it looks like a Streak with HC. =P

  • jeremyseattle

    Does it have camera(s)?  That might push it slightly past the Fire for me.  But with those specs, still not that desirable.

    • Carl Rood

      The existin Archos 7.0 only has a VGA camera.  Since this has upgraded most specifications (processor, ram, etc) there’s probably a camera, but I doubt it’s a very good one.

    • molomolo

      The camera is absolutely useless. I have never used the camera on my tablet for about 6 months.

  • Aeires

    Seems like Archos is finally arriving as a serious tablet company, why they don’t have commercials on TV to make the average consumer aware of them is a mystery. With the proper marketing, a price like this could generate some serious sales.

    • sQueezedhe

      costs money that a little company like that can’t really afford.  Turtle beach, for instance, why don’t they advertise their headsets after COD adverts? 

      Word of mouth is probably enough for them.

  • DP

    weak display

  • https://plus.google.com/102290060063255149992 Alek Tritt

    Duel core?

  • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

    Glad I copped a couple touchpads. These other cheap tablets aint got nothing on it.

  • AlexMWilliams

    I already have an Asus Transformer but it’s about time a company makes a tablet at this price. I’m not a fan of the Fire, this seems better. Samsung, HTC and others need to start trying to produce tablets at a price close to this. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/kevinhaller24 Kevin Haller

      Single core processor and 512MB of RAM running honeycomb? No thanks.

      • cas_e

        I bet ICS would run pretty smooth on it.

  • dannydarko

    Its about affordability. I think for the price this will be decent, I mean you get what you pay for. I don’t have a ton of cash for a tablet so for me these $200 dollar tablets are right up my alley unless I can win one of these damn Hollidroid contests. I was gonna buy the HTC Flyer(now that it has a Honeycomb update in the works) tablet but they aren’t even listed at Best Buy so it looks like this or the Fire?

  • The other Letterman

    I’m definitely getting one. Ill have to figure out how to get 4.0 on it :)

  • sQueezedhe

    Gotta love how people complain about cheaper products having cheaper tech o_O.