updated 05:30 am EDT, Wed November 3, 2010
7.0-inch model joins 4.3-inch sibling
Archos has started shipping its second Android 2.2 (Froyo) internet tablet, the Archos 70. It joins its 4.3-inch sibling, the Archos 43, which began shipping yesterday. While the Archos 43 is aimed at the iPod touch and has no obvious Android competitors, the Archos 70 joins a slew of Android internet tablets that aim to challenge the iPad. The Archos 70 shares most of its major components with the Archos 43, other than its larger 7.0-inch 800x400 capacitive multi-touch display.
Powering the device is a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with 1GHz with DSP with graphics that also supports 3D OpenGL ES 2.0. It has 8GB of built-in flash memory, but is also expandable using its microSD card slot. It has built-in speakers, and a microphone, as well as a front facing VGA camera for video chatting. It weighs in at 11oz.
Its battery is capable of up to 7 hours of video playback, or up to 10 hours of web surfing, or up to 36 hours of music playback. Like the Archos 43, it also supports a wide range of video and audio formats including FLAC lossless audio. Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) capable and Bluetooth 2.1 provide its connectivity, along with a USB 2.0 port.
It is compatible with Linux, Windows XP, Vista and 7, and with Mac OS X. The Archos 70 8GB is shipping for $275, a small $25 premium over the Archos 43. Archos will also soon start shipments of a 250GB spinning hard drive version of the Archos 70, which will retail for $350.