Archos announces 70b Honeycomb tablet; Momentus Thin G9 tablets no longer available?
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On one hand, Archos just announced the addition of a new tablet to their lineup, but on the other, one of their more unique tablets appears to have gone missing. In a press release, the company unveiled their new 70b Honeycomb tablet; however, upon checking their store it appears that the 80 and 101 G9 tablets can no longer be found with Seagate HDDs on the inside.
Archos 70b Tablet
Coming in at only 7”, the 70b should be the first Honeycomb tablet to start below the $200 price mark, and would compete against Amazon’s Gingerbread-sporting (albeit heavily customized) Kindle Fire. The 70b comes with an unspecified 1.2GHz processor, at least 8GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. In addition, the 7” panel features a 1024x600 pixel resolution, and the device offers HDMI output along with Android Honeycomb 3.2.
Though the Kindle Fire is the most popular sub-$200 tablet at the moment, it is limited due to Gingerbread and it only being able to access Amazon's App Store. As such, Archos appears to be taking advantage of this price segment by offering a Honeycomb tablet that has full app access and could be an alluring option to budget customers.
Unfortunately, it is yet unknown whether the tablet is in line for an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future, but we do know that it should begin shipping sometime in January for a MSRP of $199.
Archos 80 and 101 G9 Tablets
Archos made news earlier this year when it announced that the new 10.1” and 8” G9 tablets would be available with 250GB Seagate Momentus Thin HDD. Shortly thereafter, Archos decided to amend the prices on their tablets and added around $20 to each model. Unfortunately, the bad news didn’t end there as Archos missed their September 20th launch date, and things only appear to be getting worse.
Upon checking Archos’s online store, there no longer appears to be an option to order the 101 or 80 G9 tablets with the Seagate Momentus Drives, and only the 8GB or 16GB flash models appear to available. In addition, the 250GB option is no longer listed under the tablet’s specifications and we’re led to believe that the Seagate-sporting model may have been discontinued.
We reached out to Archos reps for comment, but they had not responded by the time of publication.