Archos 70b is an Android Honeycomb tablet for $199 or £179, shipping in January
By now there are probably many Android-powered tablets retailing in the US for less than $200 or the UK for less than £180. The most famous in the US is undoubtedly the Amazon Kindle Fire. Aside from that though, all the other offerings in this price range are hopelessly underpowered and run Android versions designed for phones, not tablets.
And the Kindle Fire itself isn’t perfect, especially if you want to have access to the Android Market. Or if you want a proper Android tablet, and not a consumption device for Amazon’s many services.
That’s where the newly-announced Archos 70b comes in. This is a revamped edition of the Archos 70 G8, and it will be available in January in the US for $199. It will hit the UK at some point too, with a recommended sales price of £179.99. It runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which, of course, is a tablet-centric OS version.
The Archos 70b has, as its name implies, a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. Its resolution is 1024×600, and the tablet also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of integrated storage, Wi-Fi support, HDMI out, and a microSD expansion slot.
So it’s not a bad offering – at least not on paper. And while it certainly won’t be able to come anywhere near Kindle Fire sales levels (that’s brand awareness at work, by the way), it may turn out to be a decent niche device for those who, well, know it even exists.