Archos unwraps five Android-based media players, tablets

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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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