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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 (opens in new tab) (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.

Désiré Athow

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 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.