French company Archos has been making portable media players for more than 10 years, but in the last few years the company has made a name for itself in the low cost Android tablet space. In a recent financial results document, the company outlined plans for its next generation of Android tablets.
The Archos Gen 9 tablets will use 1.6 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 chips. Archos also plans to offer its first tablets with 3G mobile broadband connectivity in 2011.
Like the company’s current offerings, the Gen 9 devices will have low cost designs featuring plastic cases over a stainless steel frame, and a choice of hard drives or solid state disks for storage.
Archos will also continue to push the Arnova brand for cheaper, “entry level” tablets which will be sold both under their own brand name and as white-label devices for other companies to rebrand and sell under different names. Archos plans to launch 6 new Arnova products this summer.
In the financial results document, the company explains that while Apple, Asus, HP, Samsung, and others will fight for dominance in the premium tablet market, Archos is well positioned to have a growing impact in the low price tablet space, with Android powered systems selling for between 100€ and 400€ (about $140 to $566 US).