Archos has long been a big name in consumer tablets that are cheaper than the competition, yet still offer a pretty decent bang for the buck. Today, the company is continuing that tradition by announcing its 70b tablet that will be released in January.
The "new" tablet is actually just an updated version of its current 70 Gen8 tablet. The 70b has a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and at least 8GB of internal storage, though you can upgrade to more if you wish with the microSD slot. Also capable of pushing out HD content, the 70b will also come equipped with a HDMI port. The biggest of all these upgrades, though, is to the screen: it's capacitive and boasts a resolution of 1024 x 600.
The 70b will go on sale in January rocking Android 3.2, which puts it a little behind the competition, since Ice Cream Sandwich is out already. Still, for the $199 that Archos is asking, it's still a compelling tablet. You'll just have to decide between this, the Kindle Fire, and the Nook Tablet.[Archos]