Archos 70 Android tablet

Archos today announced a monster of an Android tablet -- the Archos 70. It's available now, and these specs are, shall we say, fairly monstrous.

  • Android 2.2
  • 250-gigabyte hard drive
  • Processor:  ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz
  • 7-inch TFT LCD display at 800x480
  • Wifi
  • Dimensions: 7.91x4.49x0.55 inches
  • Weight: 14 ounces
  • 720p video playback

We say fairly monstrous because that screen resolution is a bit disappointing. But being able to dual boot into Linux, Meego or Windows is pretty awesome. Also pretty awesome: A price tag of $350. Got a feeling we know a few people who are going to pick this one up, and we're definitely going to check this out next week at CES. More info's at the source link, and the full presser's after the break. [Archos]

ARCHOS 70 Internet Tablet, the First Android Tablet with 250GB HDD
ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, the first android tablet with a 250GB HDD, will be on display January 6 – 9, 2011 at CES 2011,
Las Vegas Convention Center - South Hall 2 Booth # 26425

Denver, Colorado – December 29, 2010 – ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player, market today announced the availability of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, 250GB version in retail stores. The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, 250GB version offers a unique over-molded PVD stainless steel structured slim and light design. It also features the latest technology high res capacitive touch screen, a powerful 1 GHz processor and high speed WiFi that allows PC like web-surfing. Although the tablet sports 250GB, it is still the slimmest and the lightest (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz) on the market and is now available for $349.99 MSRP at ARCHOS.com

The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet - 250GB is a connected mobile device with a sublime user interface, 3D Graphics accelerator and Wi-Fi connectivity. With Android™ Froyo compatibility as the user interface, this tablet comes with a full pack of connected apps such as a web browser and email application, flash 10.1, HDMI output connectivity, tethering via your mobile phone and home streaming from your PC capability.

“We are proud to be the first to release an android tablet that features a 250GB HDD” says Henri Crohas, CEO and Founder. “We strive to be the leader in the Android and Windows based tablet market by creating award-winning innovative options at affordable prices.”
Connected Android™ tablet

As a Hi-def multimedia tablet, users will experience:
• A huge storage capacity to store up to 250 movies
• A full multimedia experience, with 720p HD video playback
• Built-in web cam for chatting with friends and family
• With the HDMI output function, you can view the full Android interface on your TV in High Definition, including all the apps, not only video playback like other tablets on the market
• Play 3D games from your TV and use your tablet as the steering-wheel/control
• Unique Android Multimedia applications designed by ARCHOS such as:
o Movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog
o 3D animated photo frame with ability to display pictures from Facebook, Flickr and Picassa directly through WiFi
o Music cover carrousel allows quick browsing of your music album covers
• A lot of applications with Appslib to fit your lifestyle including games, books, music, social media, recipes, news and sports

This latest tablet is from a long line of ultra affordable and ultra portable internet, multimedia, wide screen and super-fast tablets released by ARCHOS. In 2010, ARCHOS released a 10.1 ‘’ tablet with capacitive touch screen. As a connected android device it offers a very fast web browsing and HD multimedia experience from a 10.1” high resolution screen. The rest of the line up includes Android based tablets ranging in size from 2.8” to the 10.1“.

For more information about the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet and other ARCHOS products visit www.ARCHOS.com
 

 
There are 42 comments

pinch55 says:

Damn...

JoseN305 says:

Ugly

Dhamp2g says:

I have one and it was super easy to put the app mkt on it.

heavyvino says:

Me want. What about the app market?

moosc says:

But again fail no Android market Google get with it

oomatter says:

It's incredibly easy to put the Google Marketplace (and apps) on it. People have already made it as easy as just downloading and running an apk.

...... If I want Android 2.2(made for phones as Google Says) i'll use my EVO.... January and Honeycomb can't come fast enough so AC isn't forced to talk about Archos...

Dhamp2g says:

I have one and it looks much better in hand. This thing rocks and the video play back is better than my galaxy tab. I also have an ipad that I gave to my wife bcuz I like both my android tabs sooo much.

iPwn says:

If it had 2.3 and a higher resolution screen and less ugly, I would be more interested in it, because I love the fact it has 250gb of storage.

falconeight says:

Android has nothing to offer for tablets. An os with no apps or netflix/ iTunes type software is crap.

kentusmc says:

Are you serious? dont hate cuz you can't get angry birds for free! Go back to TiPb and cry yourself to sleep!

"iTunes type software is crap"
At least this part is right :)

And I watch Netflix, Hulu, etc on my Android phone all the time. Actual Desktop versions, too -- not a crappy mobile substitute :)

VMdoug says:

Meh, I'll keep waiting

checketts says:

This was announced over 6 months ago. They announced AVAILABLE to retail. I happen to know because I got mine last week.

And yes, the 250gig hard drive is excellent.

Comparison against the 8gig version here: http://archosfans.com/2010/12/22/archos-70-internet-tablet-250gb-compare...

icebike says:

I wonder how well the HD will stand up to the motion this tablet will get. Seems to me it would get a lot more movement to deal with than a netbook. Motion induced head crash still kills a lot of hard drives in notebooks and netbooks.

strikeback03 says:

I've had an Archos 5 IMT (Gen 6, the one before they started using Android) with the 120GB mechanical HDD for a few years and it still works fine.

What version of windows are they booting on an ARM processor?

GibMcFragger says:

Man. That would be killer save for the crap screen resolution. Why did they have to cheap out on that?

myriad46 says:

Much like laptops, the screen is more than half of the cost of the whole device. If they did, it'd cost as much as the galaxy tab.

garrett 77 says:

I've had mine for almost a month. Wasn't hard to load the market on it if you do a little searching ;)

Linux, Meego, and Android on the same 7" device. Nerdgasm.

Dhamp2g says:

It was sooo easy to put the market on it. I have one.

bigk says:

It's look nice. If this thing had a 250gb SSD (NOT HDD) had the android market place and at $199.99 this would be some thing I would REALLY consider getting. But a android tablet at $199.99 with a 250 SSD is few years away though.

I can think of maybe one or two things I could use it for, and that's pretty much it. I mean I got my android phone now....

cramleir says:

Would the author of this story care to explain how this tablet will run Windows? Windows is only compiled for x86, not ARM.

tdcrooks says:

Is it that hard for OEMs to include RAM specs when listing technical details? Lemme guess, it's got 256MB. #512please

Very disappointing screen resolution.

rizzay1 says:

I think ill wait for the "EVO" of all tablets you know the one that will blow all the others out the water.

moosc says:

If your talking MOTO tablet looks it may fall flat no 4g service no tablet for me

onsightit says:

No Bluetooth?

TimeHunter says:

It has bluetooth. I can pair it with my phone, but I prefer to use my phone's wifi hotspot.

bladerunn3r says:

Can it make toast?

biln says:

lol how is this thing ugly? it is black with a screen just like most cell phones. there is too much border on it though.

bubb says:

just thought id say this, you have to install their sde firmware, which voids the warranty, to dual boot

kentusmc says:

I be confused! Is it a tablet or a computer, 250 is huge, not saying its a bad thing (I rather like the idea, could put tons of movies and music on it!)

Googlett says:

How many spoilt brats do we have in here!!!

tack says:

I give Archos a thumbs up. There is not another tablet in this price range with these features. Compared to a $700 iPad or Galaxy Tab it may be cheap, but it cost half. Additionally it has a great processor, is thinner and lighter, and the memory is unbeatable. I would love to see Honeycomb assured for this before I would consider it, but I still give them props for hitting the right cost mark with good features.

Dhamp2g says:

It will not get honeycomb bcuz it doesnt have at least 512mb of ram. That is the min for a device to bet it. Hey but I have one and its awsome I also have a galaxy tab and ipad. I gave my wife the ipad bcuz I lime both androids tabs so much.

TimeHunter says:

The 250GB HDD model actually has more RAM than the solid state models.

Kage87Z says:

I guess I've missed the point.

What does $350 get you that $200 won't get you in a netbook, besides the Android OS?

Daedalus says:

Touch Screen, Bluetooth Built in, Ultra Portability, ability to use the device while standing on Public Transit. Place the unit in your jacket Pocket and go.

Kage87Z says:

Well, a netbook has a keyboard... I live out in the hinterland so I've got to drive, I can use the BT on my droid and it's a yard and a half cheaper.

I might look at this when the prices become more competative... but for now, it's just too expensive.

But if a compatible Android OS comes out for netbooks... I do loves me some Android.

kenyee says:

What type of screen is it? If it's not IPS or AMOLED, it's not worth it :-)

edit: looks like TFT
Can't see how it'd last 10hrs web surfing either...

robnaj says:

How could you dual-boot with meego and windows ,sounds like an interesting toy to have, if androidcentral is not going to show this dual-booting meego and windows would someone please point me to a website that shows this happing with instructions of how?