Dec 20 AT 4:12 PM Edgar Cervantes 77 Comments

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


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?

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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.

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:

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  • Martjn2

    And its definatly going to be like an european kindle fire. Maybe i’ll buy one ;)

    • mr 1338

      it would have been one for those people that want a real tablet for cheap instead of an ebook reader but i think the 512mb RAM kills it for most people

    • azswift

      Last year they had some snappy little 4 and 5″ devices. I’ll be this ones very “decent” Where will we see the difference 1ghz dual vs 1.2ghz single core?

    • zerosix

      Archos? Never. I have tried 2 tablets from archos. A car’s wheel has a better screen, than arcos tabs. And I the whole device was dumb. Great user anti-expirience. Or anti-user expirience.

    • stenzor

      From what I’ve seen of Archos products, they should be avoided

      • ags29

        I would just avoid it because of the big fat logo and branding all over the front. I hate when companies cover the face of their devices with their name plastered all over the front.

        Put the damn logos on the back! This is one thing I really appreciate about the Kindle Fire.

      • LukeT32

        That sucks. Was kinda wanting a cheap tab.

      • omar

        I bought an Archos no more than three months ago, and now for damn reason whatsoever, a white thin line appeared on the screen, making it obnoxious to look at.

        I really regret wasting nearly $200 on this piece of junk..

        And can you imagine that neither Twitter for Android nor Facebook for Android can be installed on it???

        Isn’t that just crazy??! :/

  • zyphbear

    I think while normally I’m not a fan of the “(Blank) Killer” notation, this does look like a very nice tablet with the Google Market at a nice price too. I hope more people start seeing Archos as a company to look out for in the Tablet market.

    • pcon

      I agree, the killer is a little overplayed

      • lxgeorge

        Especially since the products are not really “killed”…if they’re in a position that is being targeted then it must mean that they’ve done very well haha

    • Thomas Biard

      I agree. They have had decent media players out for a long time and make a solid product as far as I’ve heard. Now adding Android expands the usefulness of the “media player” to all around tablet at a pretty good price point.

    • desean

      Agreed with this. I believe price point is an important factor. That is one of the reason why Kindle Fire is so successful despite being new in the market

  • pcon

    Sounds nice. Not sure if I’m still sold on the 7 inch size. I love my 10 inch tablet but I’m not sure I want a smaller screen.

    • dpleus

      Archos does offer a 10.1″ Honeycomb option, at good prices with lots of storage. Check out their site.

    • ajonrichards

      There is a lot to be said for a palm-able tablet. I use my Nook Color daily, mostly for newsreading and reading PDFs and epubs, and I find the fact that I can hold it one-handed comfortably to be super useful. To be fair, I haven’t used an iPad or another 10 inch tablet extensively, so maybe I don’t know what I’m missing.

  • dpleus

    Definitely looks like a viable low cost tablet option, but I thought one of the requirements of Honeycomb was a dual-core CPU. If not, this is definitely a good buy for those not wanting to be limited by B&N and Amazon.

  • _AjD

    If given the choice I would most certainly try this over the fire but given the picture and Archos history I fear that the tablet would be bulky, uncomfortable and weigh too much.

    Please someone be my new bff, buy me both and I will let you know which is better
    (or you could just read @AndroidandMe)

  • olentz

    Besides the price point, what would differentiate them to other cheap android tablets from China?

    • oddball

      Honeycomb and capacative rather than resistive touchscreens are the two biggest IMO

  • Michael C.

    Any clue what the battery life is expected to be?

  • oddball

    Very nice Archos. Is it a fire killer NO. Will it fill a niche for people like me who would like to get our children a more portable and LESS expensive device than a laptop? in my case yes. I can load office programs on and my kids will be able to use this anywhere and it saves me $100-200 a piece minimum that’s a score in my book

    • tengo

      7″, Honeycomb, HDMI out, $199…. i would buy this over a Kindle Fire.

      However — I don’t think the average consumer wants what I want and I don’t think this is a Kindle Fire killer. The reason the Fire is doing so well is the ecosystem and marketing behind it. They push the content and develop the device to consume it…. all in a nice little package people can afford. Dare I say it, but I think Amazon is taking Android and Apple-izing it.

      • tengo

        woops… sorry oddball. must have hit reply to your comment instead of just posting. didn’t mean to do that.

  • rantmo

    I like to see anything about the low-to-mid range tablet market. I want a tablet in a serious way but I can’t possibly justify paying more than $250 for one. I’m so glad to see that when the time comes, I’ll have options and good ones at that.


    not the greatest specs.. but for the price, not bad at all

    • stenzor

      Yeah the specs may be alright, but we can’t really judge until we actually use it ourselves.. I’ve seen a few Archos products with good specs that failed to perform well

    • Futureboy

      Curious thing is… if you look closely at the photo, it appears that there is a front-facing camera on the left side above the speakers. Now, the press release makes no mention of a camera, but on the Archos website, the the description of the Archos 70 Internet tablet (not 70b, just 70) has one (front VGA only). Also, in the box at the top of the page (, they offer a “home tablets vs. internet tables” comparison and under camera, the “internet tablets” column says “yes.”
      So… it would lead one to believe that either:
      a) it does have a camera and nobody bothered to mention it.
      b) it’s a dead hole with no camera and nobody bothered to plug it up for this version.
      c) someone was lazy and just photoshopped the “b” onto the bezel.
      In any event, it will be interesting to see what actually gets produced. If it actually does have a camera (even front only like the Archos 70) it may help compete against the Fire.

      On a side note:
      The “70b Internet Tablet” is not on the Archos website yet, but in their top navigation, the “Android Tablets” drop-down does have a “Archos 70b” (not identified as an “Internet Tablet,” but is instead an eReader running 2.1 Eclair).

  • mavensage

    The article leaves a few unanswered questions. Why 512 MB? All the earlier Honeycomb tablets had 1 GB. How much will that affect performance? Is that 1.2 Ghz processor single or dual core? Again, single would impact performance. What kind of battery life will it give? Each of these could mean that the $200 is wasted on a device that can’t keep up.

  • WallaceD

    Interesting product. At the price, it sure seems solid.

    I know plenty of people who like their Fire, but they are all “Kindle people” as opposed to “Android people.” I’d never buy a Fire because of the limitations, but this Archos is rather tempting.

  • Ian MacGregor

    It’s already a “Fire killer”.. it supports microSD cards.

  • Steve Heinrich

    This seems like a good tablet. I like seeing low price, decently spec’d tablets out there. I would probably take this over the Fire just because I like the Android experience as a whole. I like Amazon and the Fire but I don’t necessarily buy a bunch of paid content, thus not as appealing to me. But they seem to both be good tablets either way. I will have to watch out for this one next year.

  • Skis03

    I may have to get one of these just to have a tablet. For $200 and those specs its a good deal.

  • Adryan maldonado

    If i did not win one i would absolutely pick this up over the kindle fire. Im not going ot list them but there is plenty wrong with the kindle fire(dont get me wrong i still love it though) that this thing will make up for especially at a 200 price point.

  • Tran Lang

    Archos is definitely a great candidate brand in the Android tablets market to consider when one wants to buy one. It’s really hard to say it is a “Something Killer” ’cause everyone’s needs are very different. I, myself, do not have a lot of things from Amazon, the contents, then I don’t think the Kindle Fire is a good one for me because of its limitation within the Amazon contents. I’d like a tablet with good hardware specs, reasonable price, and allows me to do whatever I want from surfing the internet, play games, listen to my own musics, watch my own movies, etc. With that said, for the same price of $200 between the Kindle Fire and this Archos 70b and my needs, I choose the Archos 70b. You may choose the Kindle Fire, it’s because you know it fits your needs.

  • takeuchi

    Well, their 10 in. version are $260 while the 8 in. version is $240 at Microcenter. Both are already at the Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet price range & yet.. neither are exactly successful in the market. I doubt the 7 in. with $200 price range will make a big difference in the US market at least. If you ignore the poor build quality & poor software support.. all 3 have decent spec & full android exp. over Fire/Nook Tablet.

  • marcustg

    Looks nice, HDMI support Amazon limitation, but the Fire is much prettier! :D
    I’m curious..and I hop it’s come to Europe soon.

  • ndub21

    Pretty cool, but they don’t have the big dog status Amazon has. Definitely not a Fire killer (fire douser?).

  • pekosROB

    Honestly, I think I would rather have the Nook Tablet at $250.

    Why? Brand name recognition and support/customer service. Plus I’ve never dealt with Archos. Plus for $50 more you get dual core and 16 GB of memory plus microSD option. Yeah I know the Nook Tablet has 15 GB reserved for B&N only stuff, but it doesn’t matter if you either root or use a microSD card.

    • cfvonner

      I’d have to agree with the single- versus dual-core processor value there. I’m still torn between a Kindle Fire and Nook tablet, myself. If the Archos 70b truly is a single-core device, I’d definitely take a Fire over it at the same price point. If I went with the Nook, I’d definitely either root it or put CM7 on it.

      • pekosROB

        I think the Fire vs Nook debate can be squashed with one simple question – do you need lots of media space? If yes, then get a Nook, if not, stick with the Fire.

        You can still use Amazon’s Kindle app on the Nook, right? Therefore you should be able to still eat up Amazon content.

    • takeuchi

      I think it’s 1.2ghz dual core processor. The 8 in and 10 in. models have 1 ghz dual-core TI OMAP processor (although, they are expecting to release 1.2 and 1.5ghz dual-core versions as well).

  • HoLfElDeR

    Dont think so.

  • w0urds

    My son (8yr) asked for an Android phone for Xmas, but just think he’s to young for one. This I wouldn’t mind buying him, as I think he just wanted an Android product and not so much the phone.

  • Jimmy13

    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Poor people who can’t win tablets in this 25 days of tegra contest might be able to scoop something fun :)

  • keridel

    this would be great for the european market. i think a sub £200 tab would do real real well

  • ramenchef

    I can see this selling pretty well in the low end market.

  • Dan Jones

    I don’t trust Archos anymore. I’ve had too many bad experiences with them. The low price is not worth the real cost. That thing will never see Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Carlos

    Again with this product-killer thing? One thing that is helping the fire flourish is that people KNOW amazon. Most of them got emails about it no matter how up to date they were with tech news. Some of the people that come into the store I work at don’t even know the difference from a kindle and a kindle fire, they just know they want the brand. Archos does not have that going for it here.

  • kurtosterhage

    This could be a great product if Archos can improve their reputation of abandoning products after launch. Not sure how I feel about the 512MB of RAM, low-res screen, or single-core processor, but seeing how well the HTC Flyer can run with similar specs I think that it may be fine. I may get one (maybe even the 8 or 10 model instead) if Archos shows that they are willing to provide updates.

  • humidity

    I look at this as another competitor to the overpriced iPad!

  • alee

    This certainly looks pretty good for its price and it may do well, I don’t think they’ll sell as many of these as Amazon will sell Kindle Fires. Amazon has been successful selling to consumers because of the Kindle Fire’s integration with everything else that Amazon sells. They barely mention Android anywhere when they describe the Kindle Fire.

    I also agree with the many people who are against calling things the ______ Killer.

  • c1liu

    picked up an htc evo view 4g (almost identical to htc flyer) the other day at bensoutlet for $220.

  • Samar

    Don’t think so..Atleast not yet. The ecosystem behind a device drives the business.

  • Danny

    Please do not be fooled by the specs. Specs only tell half the story. It’s how they integrate software with the hardware, and frankly, Archos sucks. I know, cause I have the Archos G8 101. Furthermore, there will be limited mods/custom roms/hacks due the their implementation of encrypted/protected storage. avoid avoid avoid.

  • Dasudevil

    I honestly would purchase one of these at 200 over the fire for the pure google experience. Ended up buying an a100 for the wife instead of the fire. I feel should would be happier with some thing more like her phone

    • Donald Williams

      Arg my sign in did not work. That was me

  • Marcus

    I don’t think this will be a “Fire Killer.” But this one seems like a pretty decent tablet for its price. The only major thing about it that would hold me back from buying it is probably the 512MB of RAM. My Nexus One is practically on life support right now and it has the same amount of RAM. Although it does have less storage…

  • Andy_jr

    I’m still inclined toward the Nook Tablet.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I’d like to actually play with one but I’d totally consider getting this. I’m looking for a cheap tablet to watch TV on the train.

  • Jorge Eslava

    512mb of RAM might not be enough for some people, but time will tell if this is a success or not.

  • Billy

    It looks promising … especially in Europe. They should call it the “Archos Water” .. or “Poseidon”. I never really payed attention to their products … but they have several out. Wow.

    • Geraldo Riviera

      Given that it’s an electrical Fire, Water would be ill advised.

  • tpulu

    Not a fire killer…but definitely worth considering as an “entry level” device. Some people don’t like the “skin” that’s on the Fire, maybe they’d prefer this?

  • Hall Lo

    thats a decent deal!

  • Shazam

    My first Archos was a 20 GB Jukebox Recorder about 12 years ago… I’ve owned several Archos units over the years and have been very happy. Watch what Archos does and 2 years later Apple will release something that is less than, and it becomes the next greatest apple product… My archos was 20 GB, apple ipod was 2 or 4? back then. When ipod made it up to 20GB, I had a 500 GB Archos running android… with GPS and… more.

  • eliander mendoza

    512 ram not enough to satisfy me i need moar power.

  • Chris Lewis

    Title should have read: “fire extinguisher”

  • amugofjava

    Very tempting. Archos do seem to be bringing some good, cheap tablets to the market.

  • aranea

    Most people buying Fire are not even aware of it running Android. It’s Amazon name they pay for. So some relatively unknown by the general public brand won’t beat fire. Android needs more big names behind it.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    The problem is.. Amazon is widely know where as Archos is not.. that’s all there is to it

  • http://no stokis

    only one thing is missing – 10 inch screen.. 7 inch is too small for mee!

  • vid500

    I’m still a devotee to high end products(not just tech), becouse they bring the best performens and you don’t need to make any compromises at any point. but for some this is an option.

  • Bruno

    Why is everyone, even the high end brands keep cheaping out on the RAM?

  • honourbound68

    Hopefully they’ve improved build and screen quality

  • donger

    eh, pass

  • JazzTech

    I have owned a Archos 70 (the announced “70b”‘s predecessor) for 5 months, paid $220 for it. Is it perfect… no. Is any android device perfect… I doubt it. However, I’m pleased with the purchase. It’s not a “business class” machine… meaning I do not and would not use it (although I have apps like Quickoffice that allow) for the typical “office suite” applications.

    I use the 70 mostly for personal research and entertainmet… and it serves this purpose very well. It’s a solid multimedia machine, (which has been Archos lineage) and once configued with the android market, it can hold it’s own and perform as well, or I’d think likely better, than any android tablet near it’s price.

    PROs: Configuration flexibility (likely not so for Fire and some other “value” tablets… I’ve not rooted..although I have rooted my Droid phone), market access (can’t recall a downloaded app that didn’t work), reports of lower quality screen are extremly over exagerated (I have NO complaints and it is consistently complimented by others who view it), excellent connectivity albeit only wifi (complete access to video, music, docs, etc in many formats via the web and my WLAN), but no 3/4g (I always carry my Droid, and it works fine as a hotspot for the 70) . I own more notebooks & desktops than I’d care to admit. However, I now find myself using the 70 more than any of them.

    CONs: It could use more processor cycles and memory. I believe that, in combination, these resources lead to spats of slow response… bearable, but not desireable. My hunch is that memory contributes most to this. Doubling memory and a roughly 20% incresase in processor speed could go a long way in addressing this for the new “70b”. There is an occcasional app crash, but I can’t directly pin that on the 70 vs an app.

    I’m contemplating picking up a 70b, anticipating the additional memory and processor cycles will address the spats of slow response I’ve mentioned. Assuming the 70b with Honeycomb architecture does not require much more in terms of phsysical resources (i.e. memory and processor cycles), I’d anticipate it should perform better than the 70, which already meets my basic needs. For example, the 70 plays 720p avi, mp4 and mkv videos from SD and my WLAN essentially flawlessly. Netflix video support is great and flash support (e.g. YouTube) is also.

    Assuming you have no more than $200-$300 to spend ( and you you’re not going for used/refurbished), I’d suggest giving these Archos tablets a go. The 70, likely soon to be sold below $200, is in my opinion, worth every penny I spent. The “70b” sounds as if it has the potential to be an even better value.

    BTW… I’ve earned my living via a career in technology… not that anyone cares. But you might care that my only relationship with Archos is as a satisfied Archos 70 customer… your mileage may vary.