Showing just how fired up Archos is about the tablet market, the company announced 5 new Android tablets to ship starting in September. They’ll start at and under $100, although some might be called PMPs (portable media players) rather than true tablets.
The products include the first Android PMP promoted below $100, and then the largest Android tablet to date (sporting a 10.1 inch screen), said the company.
The devices are also thinner and lighter than other tablets, says Archos because they use a new over-moulded PVD stainless steel structure. They’re based on Android 2.2 (Froyo) says Engadget, and all or some offer kickstands, WiFi-n, accelerometers, 1GHz processors and they can be tethered to a 3G phone via Bluetooth or USB for full broader Internet access.
The smaller Archos 28 and 32 are PMPs or “Internet tablets” depending on your definition. They offer email, web browsing, music and video streaming, 3D gaming, eBook access, social networking and other apps. The A32 with 3.2 inch screen ships in September with a built-in camcorder and 8 GB of storage at $150. The Archos 28 with 2.8-inch screen will ship concurrently with 4GB of memory at $100 (or $99.99 to be exact).
There’s the Archos 43 with 4.3 inch screen has a 2 MP HD camcorder for 720p video and 8GB storage. There’s a rear facing camera and the price is $200.
The Archos 70 and 101 (with 7- and 10.1-inch screens) have a built-in webcam for video calls. The 70 comes in 8 or 250 GB at $275 or $350. The 101 has 8 or 16GB at $300 or $350. Engadget says the 101 is lighter than the iPad and called it a true contender to Apple runaway hit tablet.