It’s almost amazing to see the evolution of tablets, since pricing has swiftly changed our perception of what’s considered to be the golden price. This year alone, we’ve seen a strong push with devices like the Amazon Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet making it oh-so affordable to own a decent Android based tablet. Well, Archos is no stranger when it comes to making tablets of its own, but their latest one might give the competition a good run for its money.
Essentially an enhanced version of the Archos 70 IT Gen 8, the company just announced the Archos 70b internet tablet that’s being billed by them as the first Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet under $200 – well, it’s actually $199. For the money, its hardware specs seems reasonable enough to appease basic users with its higher resolution 7” 1024 x 600 capacitive display, 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, 3D Graphics accelerator, microSD card slot, and HDMI output.
Obviously, the benchmark for the sub-$200 tablet is the Amazon Kindle Fire, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one will be accepted by people. Thankfully, it’ll have the benefit of having full access to the Android Market, making its app ecosystem very diverse right from the start. For $199, there’s no arguing it’ll attract budget conscious consumers, but don’t expect to pick this one up before Christmas – rather, this Honeycomb flavored tablet will become available starting in January.
ARCHOS Unveils the ARCHOS 70b Internet Tablet, the First Android Honeycomb Tablet Under $200
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 MarketTM, 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 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 a 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 300,000 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.