Archos has come forward with an announcement for the third tablet in their Elements lineup. This newly introduced model is the Archos 80 Cobalt, which follows the 97 Carbon and the 97 Xenon. The Archos 80 Cobalt, as the name would imply, is an 8-inch device. That said, while Archos has announced the 80 Cobalt and offered a complete set of details in terms of specs, they have yet to say anything in terms of availability or the price.
While we wait for something from Archos on that front, lets talk specs. The Archos 80 Cobalt has an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1024 x 768 resolution, dual-core 1.6GHz processor, quad-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSDHD card slot (with support for cards up to 64GB in size), a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera.
In addition, the 80 Cobalt has Wi-Fi for connectivity and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The tablet also has access to Google Play. Otherwise, Archos notes that the tablet is sporting a smooth-touch, easy-grip body. Finally touching back on the price, Archos claims that the Elements line of tablets gives “complete access to the Google Play store and Google mobile applications combined with the maximum in affordability.”
Bottom line here, even as a person who has purchased and supported Archos in the past, I have to say that this price truly needs to be on the affordable side for it to see anything in terms of success. After all, Google has set the Android tablet bar pretty high with the Nexus 7 which has a nice set of specs and a low price.