As I wrote the last post, the next IFA announcement dropped in. Archos, the french tablet maker and a pioneer in Android tablets announced five (!) cheap Android tablets.

The Archos 28 internet tablet (2.8 inch), the Archos 32 internet tablet (3.2 inch), the Archos 43 internet tablet (4.3 inch), the Archos 70 internet tablet (7 inch, we know a similar one from Archos) and finally, the Archos 101 internet tablet (that’s a 10.1 inch – finally!!). These devices will all be on display at the IFA and in stores around mid-september.

As I am interested in tablets, not phone like MID’s, I will show you what Archos presented as the Archos 101 internet tablet on their german website.

 

Specs  Archos 101 internet tablet
Processor ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP / Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
RAM ???
Screen 1024 x 600 Pixel / WXVGA /¬† 10.1” / TFT LCD / capacitive touchscreen
Storage 8GB / 16GB internal storage / micro SD card
A/V Input front facing webcam
A/V Output headphones / HDMI out /
Network Wifi (802.11 b/g/n) / Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Connectors Standard USB / Mini USB / Audio jack
Sensors G-Sensor
Battery Li-polymer battery / 7-10 hours battery life (36 hrs for music)
Extras Android 2.2 Froyo / 720p HD video playback / SD card slot / Archos App Lib instead of the App Market / supports additional Archos Keyboard (excluded) / some Archos Apps
Size and weight 270 x 150 x 12 mm / 480 grams
Price Range 300 $ (8GB) / 350$ (16GB)
Manufacturer Archos

 

Now this is a big surprise! No 3G options in none of these tablets. Archos says that you can connect your 3G mobile phone to share your internet connection, they prepared the USB connectors in the way that this works. This is OK, but its not my preferred solution (just add a SIM card slot!). Also I wonder that it only supports 720p video playback – in most cases this will be enough, but if you can use the Archos to display games and videos on your TV, you might expect more. And finally, I wonder that Archos didn’t manage it yet to have acces on the Android market, they created an own App library instead, – but maybe Android Marketplace support will follow soon.

On the other hand the price for the Archos 101 internet tablet is fantastic and the other, smaller devices are a lot cheaper… will this help to sell a lot of these devices? I don’t know, let’s wait until we see some vids…

UPDATE August 31, 2010: Engadget.com already had a hands-on with these devices and they made some videos. The vid shows that the screen is pretty responsive, but very glossy…

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