While Samsung and Motorla are just getting into this whole tablet business, Archos wants to remind us all who the big boy in the room is. While the larger 10.1 and 7.0 models can truly be called "tablets", the smaller 4.3, 3.2, and 2.8 (not pictured here) are more like MIDs in the vein of the iPod Touch. For reference, the number that makes up each model's name is the size of the screen.
All five are packing Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), USB 2.0 (not sure if this is micro or not), WiFi b/g/n, TFT LCD screens of various resolutions, G-sensors, microphones, and all but the Archos 2.8 have Bluetooth 2.1 EDR. The 4.3 and above also come with a kickstand and speakers. However, at five appear to not support the Android Market, so you would have to sideload additional apps or use AppsLib. Other specs for each device are as follows:
- Archos 10.1 : 8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 1024x600 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
- Archos 7.0 : 8GB internal memory + microSD card slot OR 250GB internal HDD (!), 800x480 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
- Archos 4.3 : 8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 480x854 screen, 1GZh ARM A8, 2MP camera for taking pictures and videos, mini HDMI out
- Archos 3.2 : 8 GB internal memory, 400x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8, composite video out
- Archos 2.8 : 4 or 8 GB internal memory, 320x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8
Whew. Pricing and launch dates were not given, but you can be sure we will be on the prowl for them in the coming weeks. [Archos]