Archos announces 80 Cobalt 8-inch Android tablet PC

Expect a budget price point for this slate, which runs Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and comes with 8GB of storage.


While the iPad Mini, Surface RT, and Google Nexus 10 are keeping consumer tablet prices over $300, other manufacturers have a chance to swoop in and capture those looking for tablets at bargain prices. The new Archos 80 Cobalt looks like one of those candidates.

This new Android tablet will not earn any spec envy, as it comes with just 8GB of storage and a mere 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and runs Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, not the new version 4.2 like the Nexus 10 does. On the other hand, its 8-inch form factor is slightly larger than 7-inch slates, and its screen's 1,024x768 resolution is the same as the iPad Mini's. It also includes an unspecified 1.6GHz dual-core processor, microSDHC slot, and 1GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, Archos hasn't provided pricing and availability details, though judging from the specs presented, the closer Archos prices the 80 Cobalt to $150, the better its chances. How cheap would the 80 Cobalt have to be in order for you to consider buying it? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

[Via Engadget]