While the iPad was the first tablet PC of its kind, since it was launched every other computer company in the world is playing catch-up by releasing their own tablets over the last few months. Archos is one of the latest companies to issue their own run at the iPad’s dominance. The French computing company already launched an Android based portable media device known as the Archos 43 earlier this month and now they have launched the Archos 70.
This particular tablet pc comes with 8GB of flash storage, with an Android 2.1 that will be upgradeable to Android 2.2 at the end of the month. The high definition touchscreen tablet also comes equipped with a front facing camera (a definite advantage over the iPad) and is equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The camera has the dual ability to simply snap high quality pictures as well as video. The video feature can also act as a video chat with coworkers or friends. While the OS is indeed an Android build, there is no Android market app available for this particular model. Thankfully there are plenty of places where people can find the Android app they are looking for and side loading memory slots like microSDHC.
The Archos 70 also has an HDMI out port which means that you can stream from services like Hulu and Netflix to your HDTV with little effort or stress. This package all comes for the low, low price of $279 and it is not the only tablet that Archos is set to release. There are several rumors floating around that there will be a bigger version of the tablet PC coming down the pike. Most insiders seem to be thinking this particular larger model will feature about 250MB of memory and is expected to cost around $350.