We just had a look at the FroYo-touting Archos 101 tablet but the company is not resting on its laurels and plans on bringing out a new Android tablet with some serious specs this June.
The Gen 9 Honeycomb tablet from Archos will boast an ARM A9 dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz. This is quite significantly faster than the competition with the iPad2 and Motorola Xoom both clocking in at 1GHz. It will also come with a 250GB HDD which Archos claim to be alone in bringing to the tablet sector. However, for those wanting to stay with the speedier option, there will also be a version available with a 32GB SSD for the same price. The final one of the “key differentiators” which Archos believes will set them apart in 2011 is something called a “disruptive 3G modem” which is patent pending at the moment. Aesthetically speaking the new tablet will be “thinner, lighter and stronger” while retaining the plastic-overmoulded look we saw in the Archos 101.
While the specs may be impressive on their own, what may really set Archos apart from the competition in 2011 is price. With a €400 price tag (around £350) the ninth generation tablets from Archos could be just what people are looking for. With ZTE announcing last week that they will be entering the tablet race in the UK this year, the market will hopefully become more competitive. Archos could be striking the right balance here with some really nice specs and competitive pricing.
However, as always, it remains to be seen what the implementation will be like and as Apple knows only too well, what a tablet looks like is just as important as what’s on the inside.