30
Jan
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Some companies have made a business out of selling high-quality Android slates at a good price by making the right compromises. Other companies, are Archos. The newest devices from the French tablet maker are the three Neon tablets, the 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon.

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These three devices are all packed in the same general size range. The 90 Neon has a 9-inch 800x480 screen, which will probably look fairly awful. The 97 Neon is a 9.7-inch device, but it's up at 1024x768 and has a 4:3 aspect ratio – it looks a lot like an older iPad. The 101 Neon is the biggest at 10.1-inches and packs a substandard 1024x600 resolution LCD. They are also pretty hefty with the smallest 9-inch tablet tipping the scales at 1lb and the 101 Neon weighing 1.5lbs.

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The internals aren't terrible, but it's not going to knock your socks off either. These devices all have a quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM chip of unidentified make clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM. They also have Android 4.2 with Google Play integration. These aren't devices you would willingly subject yourself to, but Archos will probably sell them for pittance when the time comes.

[Archos via Liliputing]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Jeremy Miller

    Pass

  • gigis83

    Someone will but it

    • John

      Lots of teenagers are going to be writing painfully insincere thank-you letters to their grandmothers this year.

      • Karlo

        Just wait till those teenagers comment how Android is sluggish and then they go buy iDevices.

        • Crispin Swickard

          Especially since they have a version of android from over a year ago, and without TRIM they will only get more sluggish as they are used.

          • Karlo

            Atleast they should put 4.3 or KitKat for that.
            Sorry people there is no ROMs for Archos devices to save your ass.

          • Crispin Swickard

            Exactly. If your going to put an outdated version on at least do 4.3. It is so much better on long term performance.

  • Lisandro Diaz U

    My nephew asked me for one to play games, so I might buy one of this for him

    • YBinnenweg

      Do yourself -and him- a favor and get him a Nexus 7 2013 model instead.

      • Roger

        That or an Asus MemoPad HD 7 inch for around 150 bucks and has sd slot unlike expandable memory phobia Google Nexus line.

    • John

      Yeah, get a 2013 Nexus 7. A lot of retailers seem to be dropping the price on it lately, so you should be able to find a good deal on one if you look around. Chances are these Archos tablets won't be much cheaper, and they look like garbage.

      • Karlo

        Plus sluggish performance and battery like Huawei media pad 7 Lite
        On the Nexus7 side you can get great battery life whit FrancoKernel.

    • Lisandro Diaz U

      Second thoughts you guys are right

  • Mayoo

    The kind of device that would get sold by this guy. CALL NOW!

    • Michael J Carroll

      But Shamwows were pretty awesome...

  • wurst

    Why?? Why does Archos refuse to learn? Why does this firm put out one flop after another? Why don't they have people who research: Ah, this is what is en vogue in the moment, this is what the competitors have in store, this is how we can trump them?
    This company's moves literally seem to cry: "Please, I want to go bankrupt!"
    Well, it's a French company, and it seems selling substandard stuff and maneuvering oneself into financial problems is a widespread hobby in France...

    • Roger

      Coby is saving them a seat.

  • mustbepbs

    103 PPI on that 9 inch tablet.

    I don't even know, man. That's one hideous display.

  • Rob Johnson

    I'd bite if cheap enough

  • gumbald

    Look how happy all the people making that video call are though!

    • Michael J Carroll

      That couple in the back is like, "Seriously? You couldn't have at least bought an old Galaxy Tab?"

  • TheSparks

    "Won't want"
    -That got me puzzled for a few seconds lol

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    I'm still waiting for them to get the GamePad2 on the market over here!

  • Filipe Levy

    to be honest I think the 97 and 101 are pretty good tables, but i don't know, at least in my country (portugal) for less than 125€ there is no better tablet with 9.7" and 10.1"
    does any of you tried any of the 3 tabs?

    don't judge without testing
    just my opinion! but say something :P

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