Thursday, September 22, 2011

Archos 80 G9 : With Love From France

Airtel's soon to be released Beetle Magiq has an impressive hardware, at least on paper. So does RCom's new tablet 'Reliance 3G Tab' which is already available on the market. Both are rebranded products from chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, and are offered at a dirt cheap price tag. Running on Android 2.2 (which is designed for handsets, unlike Android honeycomb, tailor made for tablets) and sporting 1 GHz processor, Magiq is just a re-branded Huawei Ideos S7c which is good at nothing other than being cheap so no magic with this one, while the ZTE tablet which RCom has brought in, runs on the proper Honeycomb OS. The 1 GHz processor might get things a bit zippy in Magiq but the resistive touch screen ruins everything. If you are still interested in buying this one head over to flipkart and pre-order it for INR 9,100.(Estimated Release Date: 5th week of September). For others, RComs 3G Tablet is available for INR 12,999. iBall has launched their own tablet, 'Slide' which again seems to be just another sub 15k worthless tablet for the masses.

If you really want a tablet and is kind of empty on the wallet front, try Archos 80 G9. (Available in UK for preorder @ £ 199.99 incl. taxes. ~Rs.15,000).

Here are the main features for the 8GB Archos 80 G9:

  • 1GHz OMAP4 Dual Core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8 inch 1024 x 768 (4:3) capacitive touchscreen
  • Android Honeycomb 3.2 with Google Mobile Apps Suite including Android Market
  • ARCHOS made multimedia apps for extra format and codec support including H.264 HP support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and upgradable to 3G via the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick (sold separately)
  •  microSD Slot (SDHC compatible)
  • 720p front camera.


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