Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Archos 101 Internet Tablet and four other Archos Android devices

By Ray Nicolini
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.
all pictures via

SpecificationsArchos 101 internet tablet
ProcessorARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP / Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
Screen1024 x 600 Pixel / WXVGA /  10.1” / TFT LCD / capacitive touchscreen
Storage8GB / 16GB internal storage / micro SD card
A/V Inputfront facing webcam
A/V Outputheadphones / HDMI out /
NetworkWifi (802.11 b/g/n) / Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
ConnectorsStandard USB / Mini USB / Audio jack
BatteryLi-polymer battery / 7-10 hours battery life (36 hrs for music)
ExtrasAndroid 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 weight270 x 150 x 12 mm / 480 grams
Price Range300 $ (8GB) / 350$ (16GB)

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: 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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