French mobile computer maker Archos announced a new tablet today, and it seems like a low end-affair, sporting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core processor of unknown origin, and 8GB of expandable storage. But what may be the most interesting part is that the Archos 80 Cobalt features a 8-inch (7.85-inch panel), 1024×768 pixel display, which, hey, is larger and lower resolution than either the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD. Sound familiar? It’s the same size and resolution as Apple’s new iPad Mini screen.
There’s no pricing details yet–the deevice was announced on Archos’ Facebook page–but I highly suspect that it’s going to be under $200, because it won’t be able to compete with Google and Amazon with these specs at a higher price. But once it comes out, we’ll see just how much the iOS ecosystem is worth with a tablet screen that directly compares to an iOS product.
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