Archos announced the 199 USD Archos 70b Internet Tablet (Archos 70b IT) , a 7″ Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) based on a 1.2GHz processor (probably OMAP3630) with 512 MB RAM, and offers a 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, 8GB of storage, HDMI output, and support for Google apps and Android Marketplace.
Archos product naming is rather confusing, as they also have an Archos 70b running Android 2.1. So if you go shopping for the new device, make sure it reads Archos 70b Internet Tablet and not just Archos 70b.
The Archos 70b IT is an enhanced version of the Archos 70 G8(Generation 8). The CPU (OMAP3630 Cortex-A8 processor) clock rate has been boosted from 1GHz to 1.2GHz, RAM has doubled to 512MB, the resolution resolution has increased to 1024×600 (was 800×480) and the price has dropped to 199 USD from 275 USD. Other features remain the same, as the tablet features an HDMI port, microSD expansion, 8 GB flash storage and Wi-Fi.
It does not appear to support 3G, but Google still allowed Archos to access the Android Market and Google Apps on this Wi-fi only device.
Since Android 4.0 can run on the Beagleboard, Archos 70b IT (and all Archos G8 tablet) could support Android ICS in the future as long as Archos wants to support it or the community releases a version for those tablets.
The Archos 70b IT full specifications will be announced at CES 2012 and the device is expected to be available in January 2012 for 199 USD.
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