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£100 Archos 70 Is Cheapest Capacitve Tablet Yet

Carphone Warehouse has slashed the price of the Archos 70 Internet tablet to a mere £100, a third less than competitors like Amazon and a 60 per cent discount off its suggested retail price.

The tablet comes with an ARM Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 1GHz and 256MB RAM, the same as the first generation iPad. Its 7-inch capacitive screen has a resolution of 800x480 pixels, the same as most mainstream Android smartphones on the market.

It comes with 8GB onboard storage which can be increased to 40GB via an optional 32GB microSDHC card. Other key features include a battery life of up to seven hours playing video, a kick stand, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and HDMI ports as well as compatibility with a wide variety of file formats.

There's a front-facing VGA camera but no rear one and there's likely to be no upgrades to Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich.

At 10mm thick and weighing 300g, the device is a great alternative to a similarly priced ebook reader. The next cheapest tablet with a capacitive screen is the Kogan one at around £120; it doesn't come with as much onboard storage but features Android 2.3 AND twice the RAM.

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