Dec 20 AT 4:12 PM Edgar Cervantes 77 Comments

Could the Archos 70b be a “Fire” killer?

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As the tablet market keeps growing, more and more affordable options have shown up. Just a year ago, these handy devices were brand new, most of them sporting a price tag no lower than $500. Of course, there were some low-cost options back them, but most of them were hardly even worth mentioning. The specs were nowhere close to even mid-range, usually with resistive touchscreens, and some of these manufacturers were not very well known.

Today, affordable tablets are helping the Android ecosystem boom. Android is expected to make up over 50% of the tablet market as early as 2012. This has been made possible in large part due to devices like the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet/Color and even the HTC Flyer  (not a bad tablet for its current $300 price).

The best selling tablet among these is definitely the Kindle Fire, though. Its affordable $200 price, good specs and integration with Amazon’s popular services has made it one of the most desired gifts this holiday season. But it won’t be long until better options show up at about the same price (if not lower).

Archos has been long attempting to control the affordable tablet market. While its products used to be a bit lackluster, Archos has recently been improving its selection, offering better hardware specs and more current software versions for a low price. The G9 tablets are a great example.

The French-based manufacturer is taking things a step further today, offering their brand new Archos 70b tablet. This device will go for $200 and will feature Honeycomb, along with the following specs:

Archos 70b Internet Tablet specifications

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • Internal storage starts at 8 GB
  • HDMI output

It’s important to note that this tablet has full access to Google’s services, including the Android Market, and has Android’s full tablet OS (Honeycomb). It’s not your Ice Cream Sandwich quad-core beast, but at $200, it is a great option. Especially for those who have been considering purchasing the Kindle Fire, but don’t like the limitations that come with Amazon’s featured tablet.

Will it be a “Kindle Fire killer?” Probably not. The Kindle Fire has a significant company backing it up and a massive integrated ecosystem behind it. Kindle users and Amazon shoppers will be much more likely to trust good ol’ Amazon. For those who want a fuller tablet experience, though, this little device should sell well with that awesome price. Plus, most Amazon services can be used in any Android tablet (while not as seamlessly). The apps are available via the Android Market, and you can easily install the Amazon App Store.

The Archos 70b Internet Tablet will start at $200 (as already mentioned) and will be available starting January 2012. We will probably see this device during CES, so stay tuned for more details. Don’t forget to check out the press release, as well. Would you guys pick a tablet like this over the Kindle Fire?

Show 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 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.

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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Via: Engadget

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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