Archos 70 Tab Released; Cheap & Froyo ready

November 5, 2010 - Written By Scott Beard

Fresh off the release of the Archos 43 tablet yesterday,  Archos is releasing yet another tab in the form of the 7-inch Archos 70.  The price for the 8 GB Archos 70 tablet comes in at $279.99, not too bad for the features it come with. One major plus this device has going for it is that it comes ready with Android 2.2 Froyo, so Flash content will definitely not be a problem for users.  In the box comes the tablet itself, earphones, USB cable, guide, and a power charger. Archos also is planning to ship a $350 model which features a 250GB (traditional/spinning) hard drive model sometime in the future. Until then take a look at the specs and the gallery below to get a better idea of how the Archos matches up against the current line of tablets on the market.

Tech Specs include:
Product capacity –  Flash Serie: 8 GB**** flash memory + Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
–  Hard Drive Disk Serie : Hard Drive: 250 GB**** Hard Drive
Display characteristics – High resolution screen, WVGA 800 x 480 pixels, 7” TFT LCD, 16 million colors
– Capacitive multitouch screen
Application Framework Android 2.2 Froyo7
Processor – ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP
– Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
Video Playback1 – MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 [email protected])
– MPEG-42 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 [email protected])
– H.264 HD ([email protected] up to 720p, 30 [email protected])
– WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 [email protected])
– M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution

With optional plug-in (downloadable on
– Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 [email protected] Mbps)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP

Audio Playback1 – MP3 CBR & VBR
– WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
– AAC, AAC+ 5.13
– OGG Vorbis

With optional software plug-ins (downloadable on
– AC3 5.1

Photo viewer4 JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions
Webcam Yes
Pre-installed applications – Aldiko, Ebuddy, Wikipedia, Avecomics, HubKap, Deezer, Mewbox, Raging Thunderlite (a 3D car demo game), WordNewspaper, Touiteur, Fring
Interfaces – USB 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
– Micro SD (SDHC compatible) on flash version
– USB Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (adapter micro B/A sold separately)
– HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Communication protocols – WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
– Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Miscellaneous – Built-in speakers
– Built-in leg stand
– Built-in Microphone
– G-sensor
– Front VGA Camera
Power source – Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
– External: Power adapter/charger
Battery life – Music playback time6: up to 36 hours
– Video playback time6: up to 7 hours
– Web surfing6: up to 10 hours
Scalability – Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
– Updates can also be downloaded at and updated via USB mass storage
Dimensions & weight – ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Flash series: 201 x 114 x 10 mm – 300 grams / (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.43 – 11 oz)
– ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Hard Drive series: 201 x 114 x 14 mm – 400 grams / (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz)