Archos unwraps five Android-based media players, tablets

By on August 31, 2010, 4:52 PM
Archos has expanded its tablet line with five new devices spanning from 2.8 to 10.1-inches. The company opted for a straightforward naming convention, with each slate's model number representing its display size: 28, 32, 43, 70, and 101 (sans decimals obviously). At their core, they all share similar specifications and features: Android 2.2, support for Flash 10.1, an ARM Cortex A8 processor, 802.11 Wi-Fi as well as tethering and hotspot functionality on devices with 3G.

Starting from the top, the Archos 28 is a 2.8-inch media player sporting a 320x240 resistive touchscreen, an 800MHz CPU, and 4GB of storage for $100. For another $50, the 3.2-inch model adds a bit more screen and doubles the storage to 8GB. The $200 Archos 43 also has a resistive display, but increases the processing power to 1GHz, resolution to 854x480 and has a 720p camera on the rear.


The 7-incher features a capacitive screen, a front-facing VGA camera, a mini-HDMI port, and costs $275 with 8GB of internal memory or $350 with 250GB. Archos' flagship measures 10.1-inches with a 1024x600 resolution, supports 720p video playback, and it sacrifices storage space (8GB for $300 or 16GB for $350) to achieve a trim profile, measuring less than half an inch thick.

Although each device comes with Froyo, none have the Android Market, nor do they use Google's applications (such as maps). They instead offer Archos' "AppsLib" store for software, and apparently ship with whatever native app alternatives the company has whipped up. The three smaller units are expect to land sometime next month, while the larger 70 and 101 models will be ready later in the year.




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kyosuke said:

I don't care for the phone I just want to know who the Asian is on the far left and what move/show/clip its from

Guest said:

Can't wait for archosfans.com members market place and google apps hacks on these new Archos tablet. Android tablet are here!

cardriverx said:

why the heck are they not allowing you to use the app store?

snakeye2669 said:

cardriverx,

yes, Archos have there own apps store call "AppsLib". So the Market apps and all of google apps are not installed when you purchase the Archos tablet.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Market app vendor licensing issues with AuGen Gentouch78, and the rest of the from China iPad replicated MID (mobile internet device) aPad, ePad, ePed, iRobot and such all seem to suffer from Google Android Market app blues. There are other so call Market app to use or just download the *.apk yourself. Still this new line seems much better than the prior line. The one for $99 bucks seems good but does it have offer a microSDHC expandability? Are these going to be fixed storage rates like you get with the present crop from Apple iPad. AuGen Gentouch78 online fans have Rooted their Gentouch78 making it peak at 660Mhz from TeleChip 800MHz, giving you access to all sort of Root apps you can run. Still for $149 to $169 to me it's the cheapest deal around. Next this from China would be Gome Flytouch but that offers you 3G and more and it looks like a 7" iPad, but China calls it iRobot ePad. Suppose to get 533Mhz but it really only 350MHz on VRMxx. iPad using Cortex A8 1GHz but really it's only 800MHz. The next Cortex A9 dual core would be something to have. Right now I see that Archos new line starts off at 600MHz and up to 1GHz.

Guest said:

Hell yeah. I was gonna get the Cowon J3, but the Archos 43 seems like a better buy. I have to see how the Android OS and see how well it performs on this device. If it's good enough, I'll definitely buy it.

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