French manufacturers Archos may have yet to properly crack the budget tablet market, but bless’em if they don’t keep trying.
Their latest entry is the Archos 80 Helium 4G – which they proclaim will be the first tablet to cost less than £229 with both an eight-inch screen and 4G capability.
As you might expect for that price though, the specs suffer to make up for its two main selling points. You’ll get a fairly unimpressive 1024 x 768 IPS screen powered by the dated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. Archos’ quad-core A7 processor paired with an Adreno 305 will be backed by 1GB of RAM: if previous efforts are anything to go by then expect it to be fairly underpowered.
It also comes with a disappointing 8GB of storage and a rear camera that only offers five megapixels-worth of clarity. Still, at that price you’re clearly paying for the large screen and the 4G – everything else is secondary. A release date is yet to be announced.
What do you think? Should Archos continue to churn out cheaper tablets that end up disappointingly weak, or should they focus on cracking the high-end market with a truly first-class flagship?