What you can expect from the Archos 7 and 8 Home Tablets
We learned that Archos was coming out with the Archos 7 Internet Tablet, a larger version of their popular Archos 5IT, back in January, but now news is that Archos is releasing the Archos 8 model in addition to a whole family of alphanumeric devices.
To briefly recap, the Archos 7 (or “Archos 7 Home Tablet”) runs off a 600MHz ARM 9 processor, has a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, uses Android and comes in 2GB and 8GB memory versions. Much like the A5, it’s meant to be a MID device that plays all kinds of video, audio and image files in addition to surfing the internet and running a variety of Android applications. The battery life is said to last between 7 hours (for video) and 44 hours (for audio only). The A7 will launch in April for €149 (selling for $179 in the U.S.) for the 2GB model and €179 (we’re guessing between $200-$229 U.S.) for the 8GB version. Watch an exclusive hands-on video by Charbax.
The Archos 8 Home Tablet is a slightly different animal. While sharing the same processor, price (4GB is €149) and thickness (12mm or 0.47-inches), it takes design suggestions from other digital frame tablets. With an increased bezel and square design, it speaks to those who wish to use it as an in home device and prop it up for media consumption. It also may be a substitute or even worthy contender to the Sony Dash. Both will fill the same need and cost about the same, but we expect the Archos 8 to have a built-in battery for portability while the Dash will have many more applications available for it. The A8 will begin selling in May.
But wait, there’s more! Archos won’t be leaving the other numbers out of the mix for long. They plan on releasing an entire family lineup of tablets this Summer. These new tablets will features ARM processors up to 1GHz and screen sizes from three to ten inches. So expect to possibly see the A3, A4, A6 and A10 rounding out the Archos line soon.