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Archos 80 Cobalt tablet lands in the UK for £99

French device manufacturer Archos has apparently launched what could well be the best sub-£100 tablet on the market, the Archos 80 Cobalt, one which could potentially challenge the other big rival - the Amazon Kindle Fire which is sold by Argos for £99.

A reader from HotUKDeals has posted a printed receipt that proves that the tablet is available at Tesco albeit instore rather than online and it may well mean that the manufacturer will seed more of its Kindle-fire-killer on the market in the weeks to come in order not to miss the Christmas schedule.

The tablet comes with an 8in display with a 1,024x768 pixels resolution. That is almost the same size as the Apple iPad Mini with which it also shares the same resolution. The device is only 12mm thick and weighs a mere 470g. It has both front and rear cameras, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 64GB.

Other features include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, full access to Google Play, a dual-core Rockchip RK3xx6 system-on-chip clocked at 1.6GHz, Wi-Fi and what Archos calls a ”smooth touch, easy-grip body”.

Earlier this year, Archos launched a convertible Android-based tablet called the 101xs which we reviewed back in August.

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