Archos Announces Line of Cheap Android Tablets

Paul Lilly

It remains to be seen what kind of market exists for handheld tablets, but the general consensus is that even at $499 -- the cost of Apple's entry-level iPad -- tablets are going to be a tough sell. Enter Archos, who just announced a pair of large-screen Android-based tablets that cost less than half as much.

First up is the Archos 7 Home Tablet. As the name would suggest, this one comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display. It also sports a slim form factor measuring just 12mm thick and weighing less than a pound.

Keeping things modest, you'll find an ARM 9 processor inside clocked at 600MHz. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, a USB port, and up to 7 hours of video playback or up to 44 hours of music playback, Archos claims. This will be available in April in 4GB ($193) and 8GB ($223) configurations.

The Archos 8 Home Tablet boasts the same specs, only with a larger 8-inch screen and slightly heavier frame (0.9 pounds versus 0.8 pounds). Look for this one to start shipping in May in 4GB form for $193.

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