If you have been looking for a Honeycomb tablet without leaving your pockets battered and bruised, well you can count on Archos. For the French manufacturer is now developing a new range of budget tablet in the 10.1 and 8 inch segments, both of which run Android Honeycomb.
Slated to be released towards September, the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 (with 8 and 10.1 inch sized display respectively) also form the first tablet PC running Honeycomb from Archos that has already made its name with quite a few budget tablet releases so far.
Now coming to the tablets, both will include the 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processors and will come with a quite generous 250GB of on-board storage. Then there will also be a microSD card slots plus other goodies in the form of a 720p camera at the front, HDMI out port along with USB host and slave capabilities. Then the tablets will also come with the usual features like GPS, G-sensor, as well as a compass though what makes the Archos 80 and 101 to stand out from the rest is the kick stands that they come integrated with.
Also, both the Archos 80 and 101 will feature WiFi and Bluetooth while for availing 3G services, the tablets feature a unique 3G stick accessory that will let one to connect to 3G mobile networks when attached to the tablets. The 3G stick has to be purchased separately and costs 49 Euros or about $69 US.
Coming to the specifics, Archos 80 will have an 8 inch display having a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and will have a starting price of $279. It will tip the scales at about 1.1 pounds with flash storage and 1.4 pounds with a hard drive. Similarly, the new Archos 101 G9 will have a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and will retails for $349. Also, the 10 inch tablet will weigh anywhere between 1.5 and 1.7 pounds. battery life being mentioned is also a nice 7 hours when watching videos or 10 hours while internet browsing.
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