French manufacturer Archos has released a new internet tablet called the 70b for $199, with the device likely to be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2012.
This is the company's first Honeycomb tablet that will cost under $200. It will come with a 1.2GHz chipset, possibly an OMAP3630, the same as the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010.
Like the the latter, the Archos 70b has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1024x600 pixel resolution, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, HDMI output, microSD slot, Android market and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Interestingly, Archos also has an Arnova 7 G2 Android tablet on offer which comes with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 system on chip, a 7-inch 800x480 pixel display but runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
So it looks like the 70b will be an upgraded version of the Arnova 7. Pity though that the latter doesn't seem to have a front facing or a rear camera (it appears that it is not compulsory for Honeycomb tablets to have cameras).
Note that this is a different product compared to the 70b eReader from Archos that was unveiled at the beginning of the year.