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.


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]