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£100 Archos 70 Is Cheapest Capacitve Tablet Yet

Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.