French consumer electronics company Archos has been making Android tablets for longer than almost anyone. But the company’s early models were niche devices at best. Now Archos is reporting that the company increased sales by 106 percent in 2011 and has become one of the top sellers of tablets in Europe.

Archos 101 G9

In 2010, Archos generated €83.3 million in sales. In 2011 that number rose to €171.4 million. Growth was up in all the markets where the company does business, including the US, Europe and Asia.

According to a press release, Archos was essentially tied with Samsung for second place in the European tablet market last year, with both companies coming behind Apple.

Archos 2011 sales

In 2011 Archos introduced a number of new tablets including its Archos 101 Gen9 and Archos 80 Gen9 tablets as well as the new Arnova brand of low-cost tablets.

The Gen9 tablets tend to be cheaper than comparable tablets from big name companies such as Acer, Asus, and Samsung, while the Arnova tablets are way cheaper — but they’re also less powerful. Arnova tablets, for instance, tend to have single core processors and less RAM and storage than more expensive Android tablets.

Archos tablets don’t always have the same build quality as higher-priced tablets, and early models shipped without access to the Google Android Market. But starting with the Gen9 tablets Archos has been able to receive Google certification for the Android Market and other Google apps including Gmail and Google Maps — and that’s helped bridge the feature gap between Archos tablets and pricier models from the company’s competitors.

But with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other companies starting to drive down the price of Android tablets, Archos may be facing new competition in the budget tablet space.

via ARMDevices

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4 replies on “Tablet maker Archos doubles its sales in 2011”

  1. Archos captured 24% of the market for Tablets up to 400Euro. 
    Apples iPad is available costs about 460Euro so this would be another market. 

  2. Yup, I think even as single core, the Arnova G2 tablets are going to be awesome with the imminent ICS firmware update. Getting an ICS tablet for $149 MSRP is impressive. And Arnova G2 is not just 7″ 16:9, it’s also 8″ 4:3, 9.7″ 4:3, 10.1″ 16:9, all below $229 MSRP, as cheap as -20% street price with volume. I think they can’t crank them out fast enough for demand. The Archos 101 G9 Turbo 1.5Ghz that was for $279 for one day on earlier this week may be a clue that Archos also can be extremely aggressive in pricing and volume with the Archos G9 1.5Ghz line. I hope Archos quickly also releases some G9 Turbos at 7″ $249 and 5″ $199 at 1.5Ghz, 1GB RAM and with USB 3G/4G/LTE stick support.

    1. Charbax, people dont care about specks, they only care about how it works and if the can get and keep there apps

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