Archos’s New Android Tablet Lineup Offers Many Screen Sizes
Archos has now unveiled its new Android tablet lineup, which will support multiple screen sizes and will probably be geared towards media consumption given the company’s roots in making portable media players, or PMPs. The tablets will range from a small 2.8-inch offering to a full 10-inch screen. Let’s look at the individual models in the lineup:
1. Archos 28: The Archos 28 is the smallest of the family with the 2.8-inch QVGA display and is the most affordable of the bunch with its $100 entry-level sticker price. The device is coming late September and will sport an 800MHz Cortex A8 processor, 802.11 b/g/n, and 720P HD video playback. The device does lack some features, such as Bluetooth, HDMI out, but it’s a good, cheap PMP.
2. Archos 32: This model will be a step up with a larger screen at 3.2 inches and a wider display with WQVGA resolution. Coming a bit sooner in mid-September, the Archos 32 will retail for $149 and will offer an 800MHz Cortex A8 processor, WiFi b/g/n, 720P HD video playback, 8GB internal memory, composite video out, Bluetooth and VGA camera.
3. Archos 43: The Archos 43, as its name implies, will sport a 4.3-inch FWVGA touchscreen, which unfortunately is resistive in nature. It carries similar specs to the Archos 32, but ups the camera to 2-megapixel resolution and will come in either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage capacities. Also, HDMI out will be available on this model with the sticker price of $199 in October.
4. Archos 70: Now, we’re headed towards the large screen with the Archos 70, due in October for $275. The 70 will sport a 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, and will feature similar specs to the 43. Instead of the rear facing camera, you’ll have a front-facing camera and you’ll gain a USB port in addition to HDMI out. Users can choose between 8 GB of flash storage or a 250 GB hard drive for all your video files.
5. Archos 101: The flagship Archos tablet will come in a 10-inch high-resolution 1024 X 600 capacitive touchscreen display, sporting 1 GHz of CPU power via an ARM Cortex A8 chip, 720p HD video playback, OpenGL ES 2.0 for graphics, HDMI out, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, as the Archos 101 with its larger screen is intended more as a home device, Archos isn’t outfitting this with the 250 GB HDD option like the 7-inch Archos 70, deemed more portable of the two. This one’s expected to launch in October for $299.
All the tablets are expected to debut with Android 2.2 Froyo. The price tags seem affordable for what you’re getting, though with Archos you won’t be getting any 3G mobile broadband data options and will need to either go sans Internet or be tethered via Bluetooth or WiFi.