Archos 70b

Archos has been around for quite a while, but they are looking to break into the Android tablet market in a big way with their 70b Internet Tablet, which features Honeycomb and checks in at $199.  We don't have all the details when it comes to specs, but what we know puts this one squarely at odds with the likes of the Kindle Fire or HTC Flyer:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • 1024x600 capacitive screen
  • Starting at 8GB internal storage
  • Micro SD Card slot
  • Android Market and Google Apps

Starting at $199 and coming in January 2012, it's certainly worth a look, which we'll be doing come CES -- which is right around the corner.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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 300,000 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 WiFi 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.

About ARCHOS
ARCHOS, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in
Android Tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for  consumer electronics since
1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Internet Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In
2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk.
Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, ARCHOS launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009.
ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on
Compartment C of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN CodeFR0000182479.  Website:
www.archos.com.

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There are 11 comments

Nice. I think I would feel more comfortable about buying this for my wife instead of some cheap tablet that doesn't have the Market.

figueroaw says:

I have the kindle fire and I have the market installed and so many other goodies.

draken says:

Odd they don't mention anything about upgrading it to ICS in the press release.

If it's pure Honeycomb, I would think it would be easy to get ICS on it.

crxssi says:

But this *is* the question to watch. For a small tablet with half the screen, half the CPU, half the memory, and half the storage of a "typical" tablet, it is nice to see this half the price (or better).

But being "stuck" with something that has no OS updates has always been a problem for the non-major brands. Crap, it is even a problem with some of the major brands.

Archos does not have a great track record with supporting and updating their models. They seem to be an almost "model of the month club", quickly forgetting about their customers from a few months prior.

At least with the Fire (for example), you know there is enough momentum behind it to force support. And replacement models will be very slow coming (which is actually good, since all the effort can go into the fewer existing models).

I am just saying.... "beware".

slayerpsp says:

Single core no thanks got a Acer a100 for 189.99 with Tegra 2 1gb of ram

amnchode says:

Here, Here...really hard to beat that deal. A100 is pretty much the best equiped, best priced sub-10" tablet...

jsmuli2 says:

how did you manage to get an Acer a100 for less than 200 bucks?

I got suckered purchasing the original Archos 70 last Xmas for my daughter. What a disappointment it turned out to be... And ot is STILL rockin' Froyo.

Nope, won't buy into Archos again. They really do show that you get what you pay for.

mjneid says:

cNet actually recommend people to stay away from Archos.

duke82722009 says:

512 of Ram? SOrry. I've played with the 80 G9. Way too slow. I think it's b/c that version only had 512. The Turbo version has 1GB. Not sure on that though.