Archos 70 Titanium to take on Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire

The Archos 70 Titanium looks to challenge Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD with its dual-core CPU and IPS display

15 Jan 2013
Archos 70 Titanium

Archos has announced the 70 Titanium, a 7in tablet designed to take on the success of Google's Nexus 7 tablet and the recently unveiled Asus MeMO Pad.

Based around a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with quad-core graphics and 1GB of RAM, the Archos 70 Titanium lags behind the specifications of the quad-core Nexus 7 but easily bests the single-core processor found in the Asus MeMO Pad. These components, plus 8GB of user-accessible storage and a micro-SD card slot for up to 32GB of extra capacity to the device, sit behind a 1,024x600 pixel display which uses the same high-quality in-plane switching (IPS) technology as the Nexus 7, albeit at a lower resolution.

Software-wise, the Archos 70 Titanium is due to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - sadly a version behind the Android 4.2 available on the Nexus 7, meaning users will have to live without support for multiple user accounts - perfect for families who share devices. The device will be launched alongside a larger 8in model dubbed the 80 Titanium and a 10.1in model called, unsurprisingly, the 101 Titanium. Interestingly, the company also plans a higher-end device dubbed the 97 Titanium HD featuring an iPad 4-matching 2,048x1,536 9.7in display.

Archos isn't looking to compete with rivals on specifications, however, but price: while UK pricing for the tablet, which is due to go on sale next month, has yet to be confirmed, the company has announced that the US recommended retail price for the device will be $119 (around £89 including VAT) - making it significantly cheaper than the £159 Nexus 7 and even the £110 Asus MeMO Pad.

A firm launch date for the UK has not yet been provided.

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