Archos announced yesterday the upcoming release of five new Google Android tablets, all running Android version 2.2. The devices will each sport varying sizes and functionality, but will all share an accelerometer, 3D Open GL, and Wi-Fi capability.
The company intends for users of the smaller, simpler tablets to take advantage of their portability and affordability, whereas the higher-end models are intended for intensive multi-media purposes. Of course, with each bit of added functionality comes a more expensive price tag.
- The smallest device, the Archos 28, is labeled by the company as the “first Android MP3/MP4 Player Promoted below $100.” Running $99.99, it’s technically true. The tablet has a resistive 2.8-inch (320 x 240) touchscreen, 4GB storage, and a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor.
- The next step up is the Archos 32. Selling for $150, the “32” has a resistive 3.2-inch touchscreen, 8GB storage, and 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. Additionally, it comes equipped with a composite port and camera that can record 720p video. The Archos 32 is set for a September release.
- The third device is the Archos 43. It sports a resistive 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, camera, kickstand and Micro SD slot. It is set to ship in October.
- Next is the Archos 70. With its 7-inch capacitive screen and 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, the ’70” adds both USB and mini-HDMI out ports, kickstand, and a Micro SD slot. It also has a front-facing VGA cam. This $275 tablet will be available in October.
- Finally, the largest and most dynamic of the tablets is the Archos 101. Indeed, for $300 it is also the most expensive. The Archos 101 comes with a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) capacitive display and 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. Additionally, it has a front-facing VGA cam, USB and HDMI ports, kickstand in back, and Micro SD slot. Archos has labeled the “101” as having “the largest screen on the Android Market.” The device is set to ship in October.