After the Archos 43, the French PMP maker is now geared up to unleash its 7 inch device suitably named the Archos 70. Price has been fixed at $279, which makes it substantially cheaper than the other 7 inch tablet currently making waves, the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Does a lower price tag means there are compromises to be made? Well, that’s not really the case as the Archos 70 isn’t found lacking in features. So what will Archos let you have for $279 of your hard earned money? A 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, an OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics accelerator, 8GB of solid state storage (which can’t be considered a limitation as there is a SD card slot to further enhance storage), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth.
A 800 x 480 pixel 7 inch capacitive multitouch screen makes up the display. The Archos 70 also includes a front and rear facing camera and runs the latest Android 2.2. However, access to the Android Market is ruled out, something that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has an edge on.
As far as it battery performance is concerned, Archos maintains it will have a backup time of around 10 hours while surfing the web, 7 hours for video playback and will support 36 hours of playing back music files. The Archos 70 will be compliant with the following file formats: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF and 3GP formats.
The device measures 201 x 114 x 10/14 mm and weighs 11oz. There is also another higher capacity version likely to be launched soon that will have 250GB of internal storage and will have a price tag of $350.
Whit this, Archos has launched 2 of the 5 tablets PCs that it had unveiled at the IFA held in September.