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Today, ARCHOS released details on its newest small form factor tablet, the 80 Cobalt. Clearly aimed at the lower end of the slate market, this device packs a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a rather meager 1024x768 display. Fortunately, the device also includes the controversial as of late micro SD card slot.

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Here's the full list of specs you care about:

  • Dual core @ 1.6 GHz with Quad core GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8” 1024 x 768 display (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • 8 GB flash memory
  • 2MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP front camera
  • Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) Up to 64 GB
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

To put it politely, the specs don't exactly overwhelm. The one key piece of information we need, the price, is still conveniently left off the list. With the right dollar figure attached, this tablet might not be that bad of a deal, but as of right now, the Nexus 7 is available with a better display, more storage, and a newer version of Android. If you've really been wanting a device with at least some kind of rear camera and a micro SD card slot, then this might be up your alley. Given how wildly popular the Nexus 7 is, though, we imagine this will have to come in considerably cheaper than $200 if it wants to stand a chance in the current market.

Source: ARCHOS

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.facebook.com/Icuii Keith Earns

    It hurts me to watch Archos release all these tablets 'aimed at the lower end' that just end up becoming nothing.

    • TylerChappell

      Very true indeed. If a customer is in the market to buy a tablet, they shouldnt expect to spend any less than $150 on the low-end or else they are going to wind up very disappointed with a device that will collect more dust than actually being used. So even at that range, the updated Kindle Fire is basically the only option.

      • DrewNusser

        I actually think this could be what I get my 3 year old for Christmas. I'm hoping it's around $100 or less.

        • TylerChappell

          That is exactly the audience and price range that these low-end tablets should be for.

  • Zaphod

    "Clearly aimed at the lower end of the slate market, this device packs [...] a
    rather meager 1024x768 display"

    So the same market as the iPad mini, then?

    • DrewNusser

      Haha, not quite. This has twice the RAM.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      .....I have opinions on the iPad Mini. They do not reflect that of my employer or any of my colleagues.

      ....But yes, my personal belief is that the iPad Mini is lacking in the display department. Maybe Apple can make a low-resolution display look nice, but my guess is that ARCHOS is not so capable.

  • Quryous

    I bid $99.95.

  • Eye4Detail

    I can't wait for all the claims that Archos copied Apple's "revolutionary" design, even though they released a similar tablet last year.

    • DrewNusser

      Nobody cares enough about Archos to bring that up. If Asus or Samsung did it, then maybe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Do they still make devices with big hard drives in them? I might go back to that and just get a Nexus 4...

  • Arve

    Smells like rockchip rk3066

  • beam

    is it wrong the law? I see something of ithem are look near the real stuff

    • beem

      If it's not wrong the law please tell me why?