Android-based Archos 7c tablet to start shipping; $219.99

A much more budget-friendly Android-based tablet is slated to start shipping, although the Archos 7c stretches the boundaries of the term "tablet."

A much more budget-friendly Android-based tablet is slated to start shipping, although the Archos 7c stretches the boundaries of the term "tablet."

Not to be confused with the Archos 70c e-book reader, the Archos 7c runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair) with a Cortex A8 processor. It's definitely a step-up above a basic portable media player, such as the Aluratek Cinepal. Both machines support 720p HD video playback and 7-inch displays.

However, the Archos 7c has a capacitive touch screen (800 x 480 resolution) and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi for Internet browsing and downloading Android apps. Additional noteworthy specs include 8GB of storage space, a microSD/SDHC card slot, and USB connectivity. Don't expect this tablet to compete with recent releases like the Motorola Xoom or the LG G-Slate. This is a very basic slate with minimal features, but at least it's cheap.

Although the product page still has a "Notify Me" button attached to this product, the Archos 7c is expected to ship this week in the U.S. for $219.99 a pop.

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