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Archos 80 G9 Tablet Takes On Apple iPad 2 Head On For £230

The first of Archos' next generation tablet family has gone on preorder at HMV; the Archos 80 G9 is a tablet with an 8-inch screen and only the second one after the iPad to come with a 1024x768 pixel screen resolution.

At £230 (plus 23000 purehmv points - enough to buy nine digital music tracks), the tablet is a decent and affordable alternative to other rivals on the market like the original Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi.

Another highlight is its dual core TI OMAP4 series SoC whose clock speed goes up to 1.5GHz. Add in 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage with a microSDHC card slot, a 720p front facing camera, HDMI out, USB slave and USB host, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, the Archos 80 G9 is well worth a look.

The french company will also be selling a 16GB version of the tablet with a 250GB hard disk drive model also in the pipeline. That said, it is quite heavy and thick at 465g and 11.7mm respectively.

Users will be able to plug in a 3G dongle at anytime which will significantly reduce the cost of upgrade. It is not known whether the accessory can be used elsewhere; the G9 will be powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb.