Low-cost tablets have come a long way in the past few years. If you wanted a tablet that sold for under $200 you used to have to settle for one with a lousy screen, a sluggish processor, and a limited selection of apps.
So it’s kind of disappointing to see companies continuing to crank out lousy hardware in an effort to keep prices low. But that’s just what French electronics company Archos is doing with its new line of Neon tablets.
The Archos Neon tablets aren’t entirely horrible. They have reasonably fast (if relatively old) processors, but there’s not much excuse for some of the compromises. For instance, the smallest model has a 9 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display. That’s a display resolution that looks a bit pixelated on a 4 inch phone. Now think about what it would look like on a device with a 9 inch screen.
Archos is launching 3 models, the Archos 90 Neon, Archos 97 Neon, and Archos 101 Neon. They feature 9 inch, 9.7 inch, and 10.1 inch screens respectively, and all 3 tabelts have 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD card slots, and quad-core processors.
The 9.7 inch model has a 1024 x 768 pixel display while the 10 inch tablet has a 1024 x 600 pixel screen and the tablets range in weight from 1 pound for the 9 inch model to 1.5 pounds for the 10 inch model.
Basically it’s like Archos ripped spec sheets from 2011 and applied them to new tablets. The best thing we can probably say about the new Archos Neon tablets is that they’ll probably be dirt cheap when they hit the streets.