ARCHOS brings Honeycomb for under $200

When Amazon brought the Kindle Fire to the market the race turned to a new price, the $200 mark. Today ARCHOS has taken up the challenge and brought the ARCHOS 70b IT, it’s an enhanced 70 IT using an upgraded screen and a 1.2GHz processor to get the job done.

Users will get Android 3.2 with full functionality including a regular marketplace, this means games, books and more will get delivered unrestricted. The full functionality of the OS remains in-tact, leaving the smooth transitions and quick navigation unharmed. Overall it’s shaped up to compete with just about everyone out there.

Here are some key details:

  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • 7″ 1024×600 display
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Integrated GPU (unspecified)
  • 1.2 GHz CPU (unspecified, the 70 used an ARM A8)
  • 8GB of storage
  • Micro SD Card support
  • HDMI Output
  • WiFi support

What does all of that mean? The 1.2 GHz CPU should be more than enough to power most games now, in the future that might be a problem though. More titles are starting to favor Dual-Core setups and are blocking single core chips out of the market. For now it should be a beast for processing with lots of speed to last for the years to come, the 512MB of RAM will actually help that stay true. The display resolution is a solid fit for a 7″ screen, dense enough to not be frustrating to read text but not so poor as to look choppy.

Overall ARCHOS is laying down a tablet for the now and it should hold its own for a few years to come in entertainment apps and even more in standard browsing and composition.

The 70b is set to arrive in stores after the holiday season with January arrivals starting at $199, give it a bit of time and dig up more info on the ARCHOS homepage once they get the listing up for the new tablet.