When we looked at the Archos 70 tablet earlier in the year, we were impressed with its good touchscreen and decent processor, and the fact that 7in tablet cost less than £200 was a real bonus.
Now Archos has announced the 70b tablet (not to be confused with the company’s 70b eReader) which updates pretty much everything in terms of hardware and software as well as keeping the price low.
The new 7in tablet will come with a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 7in 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display. It will have Android 3.2 on board, which makes it (according to Archos) the cheapest tablet running this version of Android available.
Naturally you’ll get Wi-Fi, but there’s no 3G option at the moment. There is also microSD for expanding the storage and a HDMI out port for connecting to a TV.
However, while the internals may have been given a boost, Archos has once again it seems failed to address the rather poor design and look of its tablets with the 70b retaining the ugly duckling feel of the Archos 70.
The French company has also recently released its G9 tablets, the G9 80 and G9 101, which are higher up the food chain and therefore cost a bit more, but for those lokoing for a bargain and not worried too much about looks, the Archos 70b could be the answer.
The Archos 70b will cost £179.99 when it goes on sale in January.