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ARCHOS Announces Low-End Dual-Core 8 Inch 80 Cobalt Tablet

Earlier this month, ARCHOS announced the 13 inch Arnova FamilyPad tablet as it strives to get a piece of the pie that is the tablet market.  The company didn’t seem to be very keen in entering the 7 inch tablet segment and take on such dominant players as Google and Asus with the Nexus 7 which is currently the de-facto leader of the 7 inch tablet market.  However, ARCHOS has been hard at work and are now ready to release an 8 inch tablet dubbed the 80 Cobalt to follow the 97 Carbon and the 97 Xenon tablets – and from the specs sheet, it looks like a low end budget tablet that should appeal to those who do not wish to spend $300 on a tablet.

ARCHOS have not mentioned how much the Cobalt tablet will retail for but it is most likely to cost less than $250 considering that it runs on a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, has 8 GB of onboard processor and an 8 inch screen with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.  The most disappointing specs though are the cameras – the primary camera (rear) is a 2 megapixel and the front is just 0.3 megapixels which makes me think that ARCHOS isn’t serious considering that there are some budget phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Pocket which has a rear camera with a 2 megapixels resolution.  We shouldn’t be too quick to judge though, the price will be the ultimate determinant of what ARCHOS’ plans are.

The 80 Cobalt also comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box.  The software seems pretty decent though – with access to Google Play and the benefits of Android operating system.  What is different from most other tablets though is that it has a microSDHD card slot which allows for memory expansion up to 64GB.  ARCHOS markets this tablet as a gadget with a ‘smooth touch and easy to grip body’.

The ARCHOS 80 Cobalt tablet may not be so impressive in specs but until we see it and find out its build quality, and until we see how much it goes for, we should not dismiss it.  It really needs to be very affordable (cheaper than Nexus 7) otherwise the company will just be lowering its reputation since there are tablets with similar better specs that cost under $200.

What do you think about the 80 Cobalt?  How much (maximum) would you pay for a tablet with these specs?

Core Specs

Processor: 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU with Mali 400 GPU ( TI OMAP 4 or Rockchip RK3066 processor)

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (microSD card slot up to 64GB)

Display: 8 inch 1024 x 768 pixel screen

Cameras: 2 megapixels rear, 0.3 megapixels front

Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, G-sensor, micro USB port, headphone jack

Build: 8 x 6 x 0.45 inches

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