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French Manufacturer Archos Introduces Gamepad, Tablets 80 and 97 Titanium HD

Archos 80 and 97 Titanium HD

[Photo Credit: Archos]

Manufacturers turn excited when they prepare to present a new product or software to their customers and the consumer public. There is something about new product presentations that gets both manufacturers and customers in a good mood. While most present only one new product for purchase, it is odd to find one company presenting three new products in back-to-back days.

French manufacturer Archos is full of surprises these days: on Friday, Archos presented a new gamepad for sale. The Archos GamePad is a seven-inch tablet that features the following features and specs:

* 1,024 x 600 screen resolution
* 1.6Ghz, dual-core processor
* quad-core Mali 400MP GPU
* 1GB RAM
* 8GB internal memory storage
* microSD card slot that allows up to an additional 64GB of memory storage
* mini-HDMI output
* OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
* thumbsticks
* facial and shoulder buttons
* price: 149.99 euros; $179 USD

The screen resolution is not that impressive (a little less than the screen resolution of the iPad 2 at 1024 x 768). Archos’s screen resolution is also less than that of the Nexus 7 (1280 x 768). The graphics will be incredible here, however (with a quad-core Mali GPU), as will be the thumbsticks and gamepad buttons. While the internal memory storage is not all that great, Archos has provided a microSD card slot — a feature that Google’s Nexus 7 does not have. If you add anywhere from $40-$60 for an additional card slot, you may end up with a tablet that provides 72GB of memory storage for approximately the same price as Google’s 32GB Nexus 7. Even the price for the Archos GamePad at 8GB is less than Google’s former 8GB Nexus 7 (formerly available at the Google Play Store at $199).

You didn’t think this was the end of the product presentations, did you? If so, prepare for two more product presentations: Archos waited until yesterday (the day after the GamePad presentation) to reveal its new 9.7-inch 97 Titanium HD and the 8-inch 80 Titanium HD tablets. The “97” tablet is so named for its 9.7-inch display, the “80” tablet so named for its 8-inch display. The 9.7-inch tablet will have a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 — which matches the exact screen resolution of Apple’s iPad 3 with Retina display. As you can see, Apple holds the standard in tablet production, and the French manufacturer wants to make sure that its 9.7-inch “iPad-like” tablet can withstand the competition. The one drawback to Archos’s tablets is that they only come with 8GB of internal memory storage. I wish Archos would have paid more attention to its internal memory storage and made its storage amount match that of Apple’s iPad.

While Archos has two great tablets, it fails to deliver the same punch that customers will find in the Apple iPad experience. If you’re looking for the bare necessities of the tablet experience with an impressive screen resolution and a current Android OS, the Archos 80 and 97 Titanium HD are two tablets that you may want to consider. The Archos 80 HD tablet will cost $169, the Archos 97 Titanium tablet will sell for $249.

Archos presented three great products. Now, who’s buying?