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Archos ChefPad tablet filters cooking apps and takes splashes like a boss for $210

Coming in June, Archos' latest tablet will allow you to filter cooking apps from Google Play and splash the tablet with relative impunity.

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The worlds of cooking and tech have officially collided. Archos

Thanks to their small footprint and capacitive touch screens, tablets and the kitchen go together like peaches and herb. If, of course, you ignore the fact that water and electronic devices don't really get along. With its latest tablet, Archos plans to address this current issue, however. If only partially.

In June, the company will release the ChefPad, a $210 splash-proof tablet with a 9.7-inch screen and 1,024x768-pixel resolution.

The tablet will ship with an unskinned version of Android 4.1; it includes a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU (of currently unknown make and model), and features both front and back 2-megapixel cameras. The ChefPad also includes an adjustable stand, something that in my experience is always useful on kitchen counters.

While we've seen other "splash-proof" tablets like the Sony Xperia Tablet S and have even heard tell of full-on waterproof tablets, the ChefTab attempts to distinguish itself from the others with a more cooking-centric feature.

The Chef Apps feature will filter apps on Google Play, showing you only those geared toward cooking, like recipe apps and cookbooks. A potentially useful tool Archos says may also be applied to future tablets.

"The ChefPad is the first Archos tablet to use this filtering technology," says Loic Poirier, CEO of Archos. "This is just the beginning for Archos tablets using this technology; we will continue to launch new and exciting themed tablets that curate apps in such categories as kids' apps, games, educational apps, business/productivity apps, and more."

Of course Google Play already filters apps into different categories, so it'll be interesting to see how Archos' implementation differs.

Other specs include built-in Wi-Fi, Mini-HDMI, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. The ChefTab will be available in June for $210.

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