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Archos iPad 2 Rival Tablet Comes With HDD

French manufacturer Archos introduced two new tablets, the 80 G9 and the 101 G9, in Paris yesterday; both of them swapping flash memory for an ultraslim hard disk drive.

Using a Seagate Momentus Thin hard disk drive means that they can offer up to 250GB storage compared with 64GB for the likes of the iPad 2 or the Blackberry Playbook.

Both tablets come with a dual core TI OMAP 4440 SoC which runs at 1.5GHz and is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. There's both a USB and HDMI output, a kickout stand, Android Honeycomb 3.1, a front facing HD ready camera, GPS as well as an optional (proprietary) 3G dongle.

The main difference between the two is the screen. The 80 G9 comes with a 1024x768 pixel 8-inch display while the 101 G9 has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel screen.

The former will cost $279 at launch while the latter adds a mere $70 to the price. No news as to whether there will be a flash version, whether there is a microSD card slot or what the battery life of the tablets will be.

The OMAP 4440 is certainly the highlight of the tablet; that chip features the fastest processor on any tablet at the moment as well as a powerful PowerVR SGX540 GPU that supports 3D and up to two 12-megapixel cameras in parallel.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.