Archos has unveiled Archos 70 Titanium, a new budget tablet with a reported price tag of only $119 (AU$112). How does this new wallet-friendly Android tablet compete with the Google Nexus 7?
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Asus-manufactured Nexus 7 price tag starts at $199.99 for its 8GB version. A lot of Nexus 7 buyers are happy with their device, but user reviews have also pointed out some lacking features. The lack of microSD card slot, for one, has been a deal-breaker among gadget shoppers. Perhaps Archos took notice, so it decided to secure a microSD slot for the Archos 70 Titanium.
Google Nexus 7 vs Archos 70 Titanium - Specs and Features
CPU, Memory, OS, and Storage Capacity: The Nexus 7 is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 and 1 GB RAM DDR3L. It runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, with storage options from 8 GB to 32 GB.
CNet reported Archos 70 Titanium has 1.6GHz dual-core processor with quad-core graphics and 1GB of RAM. It has a storage space of 8 GB with a microSD slot (expansion up to 32 GB). Out of the box, the device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Dimensions and Weight: The Nexus 7 weighs 0.76 lbs and measures 0.34-in thick. Archos 70 Titanium is lighter at 0.62 lbs, but a bit thicker at 0.4-in.
Screen Display: Nexus 7 features a 7-inch diagonal IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, which allows 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio. Users enjoy 1280 × 800 WXGA pixels, with pixel density of 216 ppi.
The Archos 70 Titanium also has a 7-inch IPS display screen, but the resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels, according to Megamobilecontent.com. Aspect ratio is 4:3, with pixel density of 183 ppi.
Camera: Nexus 7 has 1.2 MP front-facing, but no rear camera. Tech Radar said Archos 70 Titanium has a VGA front-facing camera.
Battery: Nexus 7 uses 4,200mAh battery. There is no immediate information on the particular battery type of Archos 70 Titanium. However, updates are expected soon because post-CES reports suggest a March release for this budget tablet.
It must be noted that reviewers were not able to have a preview of how the Archos 70 Titanium UI interact with the user. Archos only displayed the exterior of the device at the CES 2013 event last week. For now, parents of school kids requesting (demanding) for their own tablet could stand by for more details.
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