updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue August 31, 2010
Archos 28 through 101 Android tablets now official
Archos today overhauled its device line almost entirely with five new Android models. All of them will ship with Android 2.2 and Flash 10.1 and support for tethering and hotspot sharing on the devices that use 3G. They also share certain minimum specs in common, including ARM Cortex A8 processors and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The start is the Archos 28, a basic 2.8-inch media player with a 320x240 resolution, an 800MHz processor and 4GB or 8GB of storage; a 4GB version will cost $100. The Archos 32 upgrades to a larger 3.2-inch, 400x240 screen and supports HD playback. An 8GB version costs $150.
Moving up in size to the 4.3-inch Archos 43 gives a more tablet-like design with a 1GHz processor, a kickstand for watching videos and a microSDHC slot for taking more storage. It outputs to a native 854x480 screen and has a mini HDMI output to play HD video at its native size. An 8GB model will cost $200.
Full tablets start with the Archos 70, a seven-inch 800x480 display and a front webcam for video chats. Buyers will have their choices of storage format at this level, Archos said: an 8GB flash model costs $275, but very frequent video viewers can opt for a $350 version with a 250GB hard drive. The line culminates in the 10-inch Archos 101, which uses a 1024x600 resolution. Unusually, it goes back down in storage to keep its 0.47-inch thickness, using either 8GB ($300) or 16GB ($350) of space.
The three smallest Archos devices are due in September; the Archos 70 and 101 slates will be ready sometime later in the fall.