Archos Android tablets to compete with iPad
Less than a month prior to when the Apple iPad is expected to reach retail stores, Archos, the Denver based company which introduced the first portable video player in 2003, has announced two new Android-based tablet computers.
Like the iPad, the Archos 7 and 8 Home tablets are designed to bridge the gap between the Smartphone and the Desktop PC with always-on access to the web, customization through Android Apps, and ability to playback multi-media content.Like the Apple iPad, the Archos Home Tablets will feature bigger screens and more powerful processors than a smartphone but will run many of the same applications currently available for smartphones. While the iPad will run apps designed to run on the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch, the Archos tablets will run Android apps designed to run on any Android smartphone.
The lightweight (350g) Archos 7 tablet will come in 2GB and 8GB version and feature a 7″ touch screen, built-in WiFi, slim form factor at only 12 mm thick. Battery life is rated at 7 hours when playing back videos, or 44 for music playback.
The Archos 8 Home Tablet with its larger 8″ screen is more suitable for web browsing, web services and photo/video content. It will feature 4GB of memory.
Expect the devices to arrive in North America this summer. North American pricing was not announced, however, the company has announced that it will be selling the Archos 7 2GB, Archos 7 8GB and 8 4GB tablets in Europe beginning in April for equivalent of about $220, $250, and $220.
By comparison, the Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad will be available worldwide in late March for U.S. $499, $599, $699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively.
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