When Archos released its 7-inch Archos 70 internet tablet last month it sported a fairly paltry 8GB of Flash storage and ran Android 2.2. Since then the device has received a firmware update that brought improved performance, better battery life estimation and support for external GPS adapters thanks to Android 2.21. Now the company has announced a hefty boost in storage space with a 250GB HDD version of the device.

The 250GB version of the Archos 70 retains pretty much all the same technical specs of its 8GB brethren, including 800 x 480 pixel (WVGA) multi-touch screen, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic accelerator and HDMI output. The only differences, aside from the boost in storage capacity, are the loss of the micro SD card slot and a slight increase in size and weight.

While it measures the same height and width, (114 x 201 mm/4.49 x 7.91 inch), the 250GB version is 4 mm deeper at 14 mm (0.55 inch) and 100 g (3.5 oz) heavier at 400 g (14 oz).

The Archos 70 250GB version is available for US$350.