The Archos 101 16GB tablet is now available to pre-order, although users will have to wait until January to get their hands on the device.
With impressive specifications and with prices starting at £269.99 for the 8GB version, the device could be a low cost alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad.
Key features include a 10.1in WSVGA capacitive screen with a 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution. The device is powered by an ARM cortex 1Ghz processor and ships with Android 2.2, so it has Flash 10.1 support out of the box.
Connectivity wise, the tablet comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but lacks 3G. However, the firm is touting the Samba and UPnP protocols, meaning that users will be able to play movies, videos, and photos on the tablet, even if the files are located on a computer in another room.
A USB port allows syncing with a computer and there is also support for SD cards. HD 720p video playback is supported and can be outputted via the HDMI port, while a front VGA camera also allows for video calls over Wi-Fi.
Archos will provide accessories such as an external wireless keyboard with a touchpad as the firm aims to provide users with a more traditional laptop experience.
Sadly, the tablet will not provide access to the Android Market, with Archos offering apps through its AppsLib service instead.
With dimensions of 270mm x 150mm x 12mm, the Archos is similar in size to the iPad which measure 243mm x 190mm x 13mm. But the Archos 101 is 200g lighter than the Wi-Fi version of the iPad, which weighs 680g.
The 16GB Archos is available to buy now at £299.99 and the 8GB version will go on sale for £269.99 soon.
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