Comparing NEW Archos 101 Home Tablet (running on CPU Rockchip RK 2918) and 101 Internet Tablet (running on CPU TI OMAP 3630)

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Our friends from Archosfans.com talked about the newest Archos 101 Home Tablet (HT) just revealed at CES in Las Vegas. Looking at the specifications this model shows similar features to the Archos 101 Internet Tablet (IT):
– capacitive screen
– HDMI

Main differences are:
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the 101 Home Tablet vs Android 2.2 (Froyo) on the Internet Tablet
=> there is no reason why the IT would not be upgraded to Gingerbread so there is not much to worry there.
– Price: Archos 101 Home Tablet is announced at a retail price of 200 USD vs 300 USD for the Internet Tablet
CPU Rockchip RK 2918 on the 101 HT vs Cortex A8 on the IT.

Some detailed about the CPU.

Gen8 Internet Tablet models runs on Cortex A8 CPU clocked from 800 Mhz (A28,A32 and A43 models) to 1 Ghz (A70 and A101). Some investigations show that this CPU in these models could be TI OMAP 3630 which is manufactured at 45nm and offers a Cortex A8 core running on ARMv7 architecture and a PowerVR SGX530 GPU. This CPU can be found on other machines like Palm Pre2 or Motoral DroidX.

The new Home Tablet model runs on a Rockchip RK 2918 which is a SoC (System on Chip) 1.2 Ghz ARM Cortex A8 inner core. It supports 1080p VP8 videos decoding and offers a pretty decent 3D performance (60M tri/s at most). MP4nation did a benchmark on a Rockchip RK 29XX, you can find the results here:

Rockchip RK 29XX scored a pretty good value in the area of 1900 on Quadrant benchmark.

We should wait for more tests on the 101 Home Tablet to see how it compares with the Internet Tablet, but it seems this new model would make a great tablet for the price.

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