Archos Lays Claim to First Sub-$200 Honeycomb Tablet - HotHardware
Archos Lays Claim to First Sub-$200 Honeycomb Tablet

Archos Lays Claim to First Sub-$200 Honeycomb Tablet

How do you make a splash in an Android tablet market that's suddenly fleshed out with a high-end Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet (or soon will be, courtesy of the Eee Prime Transformer 2 by Asus) and low-cost 7-inch slates built by Amazon and Barnes & Noble? By being the first to release a Honeycomb tablet for less than 200 bones, is how Archos answers that question.

The Archos 70b IT is an enhanced version of the Archos 70 IT Gen 8 and features an upgraded capacitive touchscreen and 1.2GHz processor. It also has 512MB of RAM, a 1024x600 screen resolution, HDMI output, microSD card slot, and of course Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) software.


"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," Archos said. "This new version has a higher resolution capacitive screen (1024x600) for vibrant colors and crisp clarity and has doubled the RAM to 512 MB for a smoother Web experience and more efficient multitasking."

Archos tells us the 70b will be available in stores starting in January 2012 for $199.
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cool? but a fire has better specs... It might not be honeycomb, but still

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Given how heavily-customized the Fire is, the Archos is a great option for those who want stock Android (let alone Honeycomb).

At the very least, it may prompt other tablet manufacturers to drop the price a bit on their tablets.  Of course, we'll have to wait for benchmarks to get a real idea of whether this is competitive at $200 or an Fire wannabe..

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I almost feel like were moving backwards i haven't seen a product with less than a gig of ram in 5 years, but the pricepoint is dropping. i just think they ar too close to the useless line to keep up with fire and the nook color.

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You do know the Kindle Fire also has 512MB of RAM, right?  The Nook Tablet has 1GB.  I still think there is a place in the market for the Archos. since it runs stock Honeycomb, versus a heavily-customized version of Android that eats up more system resources.  

I realize it may not reach the same level as the Kindle Fire in terms of sales, but most of the sales push towards the Fire is because it's an Amazon-branded tablet that can access Amazon content.  If it didn't have the deep integration with Amazon, I don't think it would sell nearly as well based on specs alone.

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Calling 199 sub 200 while accurate, is also BS. Thats 200. 187 is sub 200. They may as well take that dollar. I liked their MP3 and media players back in the day, so I can see myself using this if the battery is good enough. Id use it purely for browsing and media, so past that I am not too worried. Doesnt mention internal storage. SD cards would suffice, I guess.

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