Archos A70 Internet Tablet 2 Goes On Sale In UK For £179

The Archos A70 internet tablet was recently released at CES in Las Vegas and high street retailer HMV has put it on sale for £179, a price that includes free delivery and 17,900 purehmv points.

The tablet, which embraces a 7-inch form factor, is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 Cortex A8 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM and 8GB onboard storage.

It runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb and should be powerful enough to accommodate Ice Cream Sandwich.

It also features a microSD card slot, a kickstand, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a front facing camera and full Android Marketplace access.

At 330g, it is significantly lighter than the likes of the HTC Flyer or the Archos 70 Android Internet Tablet.

The Archos A70 will face competition from entry level newcomers like the Lenovo Ideapad A1 and the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as discounted rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the RIM Blackberry PlayBook.

However, the biggest threat may come from a new generation of super cheap tablets that use MIPS technology rather than ARM to run tablets.

The likes of the Ainol Novo7 have similar or better specs but come with Ice Cream Sandwich and cost less than £100.