French tablet maker Archos is launching a new line of Android tablets which will feature up to 256GB of storage.
The Archos Magnus tablet family launches in April for $179 and up, and while the cheapest models won’t have 256GB of storage, they do have more storage space than you’d typically find in a low-cost tablet.
The $179 Archos 101 Magnus features a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8127 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
Want a better screen, faster processor, and more storage? The $349 Archos 94 Magnus is a 9.4 inch tablet with a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processsor, a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 1.5GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
Or you can opt for the $349 Archos 101 Magnus+ which has a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display, an RK3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
Archos is also introducing a new technology it calls Fusion Storage which allows Android devices to combine internal storage and external microSD cards so that you have more space for apps and other data.
While Android already supports microSD cards, you typically cannot install apps to removable storage. Instead they’re used for storing music, movies, and other data.
There’s a good reason for that: microSD cards usually offer slower read and write speeds than the built-in storage used in most smartphones and tablets. But if you care more about space than speed, I suppose it’s nice to have the option to make that trade-off, and Archos does say it’s Fusion Storage can “optimize memory balance.”
It’s not clear if the Magnus tablets use Fusion Storage, but Archos did announce the tablets and the new storage technology in the same press release.