Archos Android Tablet: $250

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Archos announced their ARCHOS 5 mini-tablet today (specs and features). It has a 5″ screen with 800×480 pixels (better than the 320×480 for iPod and 272×480 for the Zune) and comes in 8, 16, and 32GB sizes as well as a 500GB hard drive version. The Archos 5 will be available tomorrow in a flash model at 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB at $249.99 (with 8GB), and maxes out at $429.99 with a 500GB hard drive.

It claims twice the processing power of most mobile devices, using a OMAP 3440 processor based on the ARM Cortex A8, as well as a DSP running at up to 800 Mhz. It features a touchsceen, microSD slots, built in a GPS, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), and an FM receiver and transmitter so it can also broadcast tunes on your car’s stereo. Archos claims a battery life of 7 hours for video playback or 22 hours for music. The built in a GPS is also something neither the iPod nor the Zune carry.

The mini-tablet has HD video support up to 720P, using H.264, WMV or Mpeg-4 formats. Archos also has a TV 640×480 DVR (though an accessory). Flash 10 support is expected with Android 2.0 in Q1 2010.

You can plug it into a TV and control it via an optional Bluetooth keyboard or a remote control accessory.

Access to the Android Market is a pretty big deal. Apps included in the package including Webbrowser, Email, Contacts, DroidIn, EbuddyIM, Twidroid, Deezer, Dailymotion, QuickPedia, ThinkFree Mobile, Moov, CraigsPhone, Alarm clock, Calculator.

Meanwhile, Google today announced that Android 1.6 SDK is available for download.

Android 1.6, a release for developers, is based on the donut branch from the Android Open Source Project, introduces support for CDMA, additional screen sizes, supports more screen resolutions, like QVGA and WVGA, new telephony APIs to support CDMA, gesture APIs, a text-to-speech engine, and the ability to integrate with Quick Search Box. What’s new in Android 1.6 provides a more complete overview of this platform update.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 7:28 am .

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