Trio Français - meet Archos's new trine of affordable 4G-enabled Helium tablets

Trio Français - meet Archos's new trine of affordable 4G-enabled Helium tablets
French electronics vendor Archos announced a new lineup of 4G-enabled tablets under the Helium brand - the Archos 70 Helium 4G, 80b Helium 4G, and 101 Helium 4G. The first one is a 7-inch tablet with modest specs - it has a 1024x600 IPS display and is powered by a MediaTek MT8732 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. There's a 2-megapixel main cam with LED flash, and a 0.3MP front cam. The whole thing runs on a 2500mAh battery. The operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat, and we find the dual-SIM slot a rather interesting option for a tablet.

The other two have the same chipset, but the Archos 80b Helium 4G has a bigger, 8-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution, and the 101 Helium 4G ups the screen diagonal to 10.1 inches and the resolution to the same 1280x800 pixels. The 10-incher has better cameras, too - a 5MP main unit and a 2MP front cam. The battery capacity is, understandably, different as well. The 8-incher has a 3600mAh unit, and the 10-incher fits in a spacious 6500mAh juice pack. Nice!

Obviously, the Helium line is not about high-end devices, but bringing fast 4G connectivity to affordable low and mid-range tablets. There's a niche to be filled in there, so good on Archos for making a move on it. The new tablets aren't priced or dated yet, but they will probably receive an introduction at CES 2015 very soon.


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5 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That resolution is too damn low. Wonder how they will be priced?

2. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

That resolution on a 10-inch screen? No thanks, 720p is pixelated enough

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A battery smaller than my old S4 in a 7 inch tab, will it even get past lunch?

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I don't know. Lets compare specs first, shall we? 1920x1080 vs 1024x600 2GB RAM vs 1GB Older vs newer generation chipset. ... Yeah, I totally have nooo idea about that ~~

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Is it really that hard to have two front-facing speakers? This should sell $149/$174$199

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