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CPW Drops Archos 101 Price To £150, May Lure TouchPad, iPad 2 Seekers

Carphone Warehouse has again dropped the price of the Archos 101 Android-based tablet, this time by another £39 to £150. The price drop happened before HP decided to exit the PC and tablet market altogether and slashed the price of its TouchPad to £89, but the reduction could be low enough to lure those who have missed out on the cheap TouchPad.

It is certainly not the best tablet on the market but is certainly the cheapest large-screen Android tablet at the moment. It comes with an ARM Cortex-A8 based SoC clocked at 1GHz with 256MB RAM (ed: that's roughly the same specifications as the first gen Apple iPad) and 8GB onboard storage that can be extended using a microSD card.

It also boasts a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen with Android 2.2 Froyo, a front-facing VGA camera, HDMI out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB port, a built in speaker, leg stand and microphone.

Its internal Lithium Polymer battery can power the tablet for up to seven hours (viewing video), 10 hours (web surfing) and 36 hours (listening to music); at 480g and with a thickness of only 12mm, it is significantly lighter and thinner than the HP TouchPad, plus it runs Android.

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