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New Archos 70 Tablet Has 250 GB HDD

Wednesday Archos announced the availability of the first-ever Android tablet with a built-in 250 GB HDD. Called the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, this device is not to be confused with the Archos 7 Home Tablet offering lower hardware specs and an even lower price tag.

Under the hood, the specs aren't too shabby considering the $349.99 price tag. The tablet features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, a 250 GB HDD, a microSD card slot, a 7-inch capacitive WVGA touchscreen with a default resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, OpenGL ES 2.0 support, 720p HD video playback, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, a front-facing VGA camera, HDMI output and more.

"Although the tablet sports 250 GB, it is still the slimmest and the lightest (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz) on the market," the company said. "With Android Froyo compatibility as the user interface, this tablet comes with a full pack of connected apps such as a web browser and email application, Flash 10.1, HDMI output connectivity, tethering via your mobile phone and home streaming from your PC capability."

It's assumed that the tablet's Android OS isn't officially sanctioned by Google-- meaning that users won't have access to Google-specific features like the Android Market. Nevertheless, Archos has provided several multimedia applications developed in-house such as a 3D animated photo frame, a music cover carrousel and more.

Archos said the tablet will be on display at CES 2011 next month, however consumers can purchase the $349.99 tablet now at various retailers (we're finding out who) and through the company's online store.

Archos also offers a cheaper $274.99 model using 8 GB of flash memory instead of the HDD.