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Western European based consumer electronics company Archos will be announcing their new line of affordable tablet computers later this month at a special invite only event. To be more exact the event will be held at 6:30pm on June 23rd at the Hotel Ritz.

So you might be wondering what I meant by the title of this article “And Then There Were Many”. If so let me explain, really, there’s actually two reasons for that. First of all, it seems nowadays every time you blink there’s talks about some type of new touchscreen tablet being launched or reveled. Secondly, Archos has stated they will be releasing an arsenal of tablets ranging from 5 inchers to larger 10 inch devices.

Below is a copy of their distributed invitation to press companies, it’s in French but surely you get the point, right? Mais bien sûr, je comprends! Yeah I figured as much.

Their new line of tablets are being labeled as part of a group called Generation 9. We don’t have a lot of details regarding specs as of yet but we do know they will be sporting the newest Android Honeycomb OS. Whether or not they will have dual-boot models with Linux, similar to some of their currently available tablets, is uncertain at this time. Like everyone else we’ll know more in less than 3 weeks.

Archos, like many other companies at the moment, is battling for a chunk of the multi touch tablet market. Chances are their soon to be reveled tablets will help them contend against other manufacturers. After all, whether you are aware of this or not they have in fact been producing touch screen devices long before the iPad was even introduced so they obviously have some experience in the field.

Of course nobody can predict exactly what Archos has planned, but it will be interesting to see what they do reveal later this month in France. Perhaps upgrading to Honeycomb will open a lot more doors for them. Their level of success will depend on hardware specs as well but when it comes to that sort of thing they are certainly more than competent.

I’ll do my best to keep you all updated on this topic. In the meantime please tell me your thoughts on the new Archos tablets to be in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what’s on your mind.

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