Archos announces $199 Android Honeycomb tablet

Archos have just taken the wraps off their latest tablet. Going for the cheap angle, the 70b is one of the few Android tablets coming in at around $200. At $199, Archos is claiming it to be the first sub-$200 Honeycomb tablet in the world (by a small margin).

But gadget connoisseurs will know that cheap doesn't always mean better. The 70b, however, has a pretty respectable spec list even at a low price. With a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, the Archos can hold its own against similar-priced foes. 

The 70b has its fair share of hurdles though. Honeycomb tablets haven't had the best of track records when it comes to sales, something Android 4.0 is supposed to improve on. Also, the 70b will have to go head-to-head against the Kindle Fire, which has the added advantage of the well-respected Kindle brand.

Any competition is good for consumers though, and the 70b improves in some areas where the Kindle falls short. It comes with a microphone and webcam, something which the Fire is sadly lacking. Depending on how much tablet users want to Skype, this may not be as much of a selling point, but it does give some inspiration for a Fire 2.

The full spec sheet can be found here.

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