If your goal is to escape 2010 without even touching a Tablet PC
, all we
can offer you is luck. Apple has already managed to sell a million iPad
units, and there are loads of companies lining up rival releases as we
speak. One of those is Archos, a French company that has a long history
of releasing industry-leading portable media players that tend to be
somewhat on the large side, but in a good way. They usually cater to
individuals looking to play back more video than audio while on-the-go,
thus the larger screens come in handy.
The company's upcoming Archos
7 Home Tablet has a screen that's somewhat
smaller than that of the iPad
(7" versus 9.7"), but it's the price
point here that will certainly get attention. This marks the company's
very first Android tablet, with a 7" touch screen, Android 1.6, a
resolution of 800x480, a form factor that's just 0.47" thick, integrated
Wi-Fi, built-in USB support, and a battery that can last up to 44
The most incredible thing about this device is the asking price: at just
$199.99, this is cheaper than some iPod touch units. It's a price point
that will get even the most dedicated tablet pundit thinking twice
about trying out these new form factors, and given that Android has
shown to be a great OS on mobile's with touch panels, we suspect it'll
do over well here also. It's available to pre-order on Amazon, with
shipments scheduled for June in the U.S.
ARCHOS BRINGS THE FIRST LARGE SCREEN ANDROID-BASED TABLET UNDER $200
ARCHOS Introduces the first Android Home Tablet with a 7 inch touch screen, Web browser,
High Definition Video and Android Applications, taking home portability to a whole new
Denver, May 6th, 2010 – ARCHOS, a top innovator in the portable media market announced today the new ARCHOS 7 home tablet that combines the best of web browsing, multimedia, live information, social networking and Apps, and testifies to ARCHOS' strategy of offering innovative electronic products with extremely competitive pricing.
The ARCHOS 7 home tablet sees the debut of the first large-screen Android-based tablet. Bridging the gap between the Smartphone and the desktop PC, the ARCHOS 7 provides always-on access to the web, email, photo, video and a dedicated library of Android Apps enabling users to customise the device to their lifestyle.
The stylish ARCHOS 7 home tablet, sports a high resolution 7 inch touch screen (800x480) and a super slim form factor at just .47 of an inch thick. Weighing in at 0.8lb, it is extremely portable and can be used in any room of the home. With built-in Wi-Fi, users can connect to a home network while on the move throughout the house. The USB connection makes transferring files from a PC, digital camera or other digital devices very simple. The ARCHOS 7 is also a low-power consumption device providing seven hours of video playback or 44 hours of music on a single charge.
"The ARCHOS 7 is great for the whole family. Anyone can use the ARCHOS 7 to stay up to date on email, news and weather, catch up on TV shows, get the recipe of the day or update a social media profile," said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Chief Executive Officer. "This tablet is just perfect for times when a Smartphone is not enough and a computer just too much."
With a large 7" high resolution touch screen (800x480), the ARCHOS 7 home tablet has been specifically developed with multimedia in mind. The home tablet provides the best HD movie viewing experience (at 720p) in the kitchen, bedroom, living room or garden. Its brilliant screen makes it a high-quality photo display. The ARCHOS 7 can easily replace your radio with its on-board MP3 player and access to the free music streaming service, Deezer.
Apps to meet all lifestyles
The ARCHOS 7 home tablet comes with a selection of pre-installed Apps ready for use including the popular eBuddy instant messaging app, Aldiko for downloading and reading thousands of books, DailyPaper for viewing your favorite newspaper and much more. Users also have the option to customize their home tablet by downloading their favorite App.
AppsLib offers unlimited access to free and paid Apps developed specifically for the large 7- inch touch screen display of the ARCHOS 7. With a range of apps available to fit any lifestyle, the ARCHOS 7 can easily become an ebook reader, give access to cooking recipes, news, weather and games, and provide recommendations on theatres or restaurants.
Communication and connectivity
With Wi-Fi on board, the ARCHOS 7 home tablet easily connects to a home network and gives you constant access to the Internet. Its high-resolution, 7-inch touch screen, allows consumers to surf the Web in full width, send email, tweets or update Facebook pages as if they were surfing on their home PC. Download your personal applications from Appslib and the ARCHOS 7 home tablet will become the perfect tablet for the entire family.
Pricing and Availability
The ARCHOS 7 home tablet will be available in June at $199.99 SRP through selected retailers. Exclusive pre-orders are available at Amazon.com, with product shipping mid May. Order information and customer support details are available from our website: www.archos.com.