Android-powered Archos 70c eReader price starts at $149

Monday, February 7, 2011, 11:50 by Tech Correspondent

Archos has launched a new eReader called Archos 70c which runs on Android 2.1 OS and will be released at JR.com at the starting price tag of $149.

The Archos 70c eReader is powered by 600MHz processor and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and USB 2.0 for connectivity. It features a 7-inch TFT resistive touchscreen with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Further, the eReader includes an accelerometer and built-in speaker too.

The Archos 70c comes with 4GB internal storage memory, which can be increased up to 16GB through microSD memory card. Interestingly, it has a Bookmarks Manager that helps users to set bookmarks, manage library and rotate the screen in landscape or portrait mode.

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Photo: Archos 70c eReader

The Archos 70c eReader also offers support for various types of video file formats such as MPEG-4 AVI, FLV, MPG, RM, RMVB, FLV, MP4, DAT, VOB, MKV, MOV and audio file formats like MP3, FLAC, OGG, and WAV. Users can easily browse the Web and download apps. It comes with Adobe DRM support.

The Archos eReader packs in a Li-Ion 2400mAh battery that offers up to 6 hours of video playback time, 18 hours of music playback time and 10 hours normal playback time.

Other recent eReader releases

Asus Eee Note EA-800

Asus Eee Note EA-800 sports an 8-inch monochrome LCD with a 1024 x 768 resolution, but combines it with a resistive touchscreen, allowing for note-taking and drawing using a stylus. It is priced at $288.

The EA-800 comes with 4GB of built in storage and 16 GB of microSD card support. The eReader features a 2-megapixel camera and 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs on Linux operating system. Further, the eReader offers support for music playback, images, and e-books. For connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi and includes a microUSB port.

Barnes & Noble NookColor

NookColor has a 7-inch VividView color touchscreen with a display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The reader has 8 GB of memory and uses WiFi b/g/n. More info: Barnes & Noble NookColor eReader

Priced close to $250, the Nook device has a Web browser and apart from serving the purpose of an e-reader, it can also be used for streaming music and watching video. Besides, the LCD color screen promises to make magazines and illustrated books far more interesting than what an E-Ink reader can do.

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