Archos 101 Gen8 Via Update Gets 3G, Ethernet Support, and More

If you have loved the Archos Gen8 line of tablet PCs, chances are that you will fall in love with it all over again. The French manufacturer of the tablets has come up with an update that promises some cool enhancements to the tablet PCs.

The tablet will now have USB camera support, as well as the ability to recalibrate the accelerometer without the need of rebooting. The video capability of the tablet will also be a notch or two higher than what it is now. The update also brings good news for those who do not have access to Wi-Fi hot spots, as the tablet will now be able to access the net via a compliant USB Ethernet adapter or the Archos 3G Key.

The Gen 8 series comprises of 6 tablets in all, with screen size varying from as small as just 2.8 inches to 10.1 inches. Also, while the tablets from Archos may never have made the kind of noise that we have come to hear from the likes of the iPad or the Galaxy Tab, they have managed to maintain a steady buzz around them owing largely to the affordable price tags that they sport. Also, while the current crop of Gen 8 tablets that were launched in 2010 are all based on Android 2.2 Froyo, Archos already has confirmed its Android Honeycomb plans. The Gen 9 series of tablet devices launched recently runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and has a faster processor. Archos continues its sales and support for the Archos 101 Gen8, however, with its price being fixed at $230.

Attached below is a video of how the Archos 70 performs after the update. The Archos 70 comes with a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor beneath the 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display. The tablet behaves in the most impressive manner and has just enhanced its appeal, considering it continues with its $275 price tag.

via androidpolice

Sovan Mandal (2780 Posts)

is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email