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Archos 70 internet tablet with Android 2.2 begins shipping

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.





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  1. kerryb

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    +1

    thud

    your comment

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

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    That's definitely iPod Touch competition...

    In theory, anyway. I'd carry one of these in place of an iPod Touch. I could use one of those with a 250 GB drive. It has a pretty long battery life, too. It could definitely force Apple to step up its game for handheld devices. I'd have to see its build quality, but it definitely looks like a winner on paper. I doubt if it will offer much direct competition to the iPad in terms of quality, but it definitely is cheaper and should get a lot of converts. It appears that this is what all those hordes of Android tablet wishers are looking for. How did Archos manage to build it for so little money. It must be totally plastic.

  1. melgross@usa.ne

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    pretty bad.

    Sure, it's cheap, just look at the screen. This actually has LESS resolution than some of the larger Android phones. I can't see the point of this. Even if Android tablet apps come out in a few months, this won't be able to use them because of the phone resolution screen.

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