Archos has built a pretty big name for itself in the personal media player market – in fact, it's one of precious few firms that have managed to stay competitive in a sector dominated so completely by Apple.
It's been bubbling under in the Android tablet game for a fair while too, but now looks ready to hit the big time with the Archos G9 Honeycomb – set to go on sale as the most affordable Honeycomb slate on the market.
The G9 comes in two sizes – the 8in Archos G9 80, and the bigger 10.1in Archos G9 101, and despite their budget-busting price tags of £199 and £249 respectively, you're treated to a surprisingly well-furnished spec list.
For starters there's the 1.5GHz TI processor, and Archos' media-focused leanings are evident in the presence of 1080p video support and an HDMI out connection.
Interestingly, storage comes courtesy of a conventional 250GB Seagate hard drive, which is a curious decision for a mobile product given the more delicate nature of non-solid state drives.
Despite Archos' considerable history with Android, this is the first of its tablets to come with Google certification, which means the Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS comes with full access to the Android Market.
The G9 itself is Wi-Fi only, but there is the option to fork out an extra £49.99 for a pay-as-you-go 3G dongle that plugs into a USB port.
Both models of the Archos G9 will be winging their way to the IFA tech show in Berlin in September, and are expected to go on sale a few weeks later.