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Archos' iPad 2 rival now costs £129

As part of its ongoing tablet clearance sale, Carphone Warehouse has cut the price of the 8GB version of the Archos 80 G9 tablet from £180 to £129. In comparison, Ebuyer sells the same model for £193.50.

The device shares a number of features with Apple's iPad 2; it has a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor (a TI OMAP4430) clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, and an MVA capacitive screen that can display 1,024 x 768 pixels (albeit on a smaller 8in display).

You can also plug in a dongle to add 3G functionality plus there's 8GB onboard storage, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader, a front facing 720p webcam, a kickstand, a full size USB port and an HDMI port. The Archos 80 G9 runs on Honeycomb 3.2 with an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a certainty. It also boasts an impressive 10 hours of battery life.

Note that this is not the newer model that has a 1.5GHz processor. Given that a 64GB USB drive can be had for less than £20 and a 32GB microSD card for under £9, you can easily get a tablet with 104GB worth of storage for around £160.

It is likely that the tablet clearance has been prompted by the release of the 16GB version of the Google Nexus 7 which offers an HD screen, a quad-core processor and Android Jelly bean for only £50 extra.

Source : Carphone Warehouse