Archos just released five new gadgets ranging from small phone-size devices with 2.8- and 3.4-inch screens to higher-end 4.3-, 7- and 10.1-inch tablets (pdf). All will ship with Android 2.2 “Froyo” and will include accelerometers, while only some have capactive touchscreens, front-facing cameras and 1GHz processors.
There are three Android tablets, with 4.3″ to 10.1″ screen sizes. They feature a 1 GHz processor, WiFi-n, an adjustable kickstand, HDMI TV output, and Android support for Adobe Flash™ 10.1 player. Engadget has hands-on videos.
- ARCHOS 28 internet tablet
Available in September at 4GB, with a recommended retail price of $99.99. Features an 800MHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, graphics accelerator, built-in mic, USB Host, and multiple audio and video codecs
- ARCHOS 32 internet tablet
Available in September at 8GB, with a recommended retail price of $149.99. Features 3.2-inch resistive 400 by 240 TFT LCD touchscreen, in an 8GB version at a suggested $149 and adds 3.2-inch resistive 400 by 240 TFT LCD touchscreen, 720p HD video storage up to 30 fps, rear-facing VGA camera/camcorder and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- ARCHOS 43 internet tablet
Available this fall at 8GB with a recommended retail price of $199.99. Features 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen, UPnP to stream content from a wireless-networked PC, MicroSD slot, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, built-in speaker, rear-facing 2-megapixel 720p HD video camera and mini-HDMI output.
- ARCHOS 70 internet tablet
Available this fall with a recommended retail price of $274.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (250GB). Features a 7-inch 800 by 480 screen with capacitive multi-touch capability. The 8GB version retails for $275 and the version with 250GB hard drive will be $349. It adds stereo speakers and front-facing VGA camera/camcorder for webcam use but lacks an HD video camcorder.
- ARCHOS 101 internet tablet
Available this fall with a recommended retail price of $299.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB). Features 10.1-inch 1,024 by 600 capacitive multi-touch touchscreen, webcam, front-facing VGA camera/webcam and USB Slave as well as USB Host. It lacks an HD video camcorder. The 8GB version will retail for a suggested $299, and the 16GB version will be $349.
Archos says all of its tablets are scheduled to be released about September and October, and each tablet will have Android 2.2 installed.
Only a couple dozen smartphones have actually qualified for Google Market. Screen sizes have been limited to 4”, and larger sizes and resolutions are not addressed properly. There’s no evidence that any Android tablet will qualify before Google releases its own tablet running Gingerbread in 2011, says the AppsLib site.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android slate, is set to debut this Thursday. The Galaxy Tab is rumored to feature a front-facing camera, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Android 2.2, and a 1GHz processor. The tablet’s display might be an AMOLED with 1024-by-600 resolution. PC World compares the Galaxy Tab with Apple’s “magical” device.
Samsung’s toughest competition may come from Motorola’s 10″ Android tablet, which now is rumored to launch in Q1 2011, to incorporate Android 3.0, which supports higher resolution and other features.
Is a 1Ghz Nexus One with Froyo a useful solution for mobile video?
Not hardly, says Kevin Tofel. Not even close.
Forester says 14% of Americans — 27 million people – plan on purchasing a tablet device next year. A similar study by the Magazine Publishers of America found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. consumers expect to purchase an e-reader or tablet within the next three years.
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