updated 02:10 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2012
Archos Child Pad tablet made official
Archos set a new floor for mainstream tablets Thursday by previewing the Child Pad. The seven-inch tablet is expected to cost just $129, $70 less than even the Kindle Fire, but would still promise Android 4.0. Its child focus comes through an OS design that's meant to safeguard younger users through a filter, provide an easy-to-follow visual theme, and child-oriented apps both for games and for education.
Most of the cost trimming comes through the use of a 1GHz single-core processor and the lack of cameras. Archos hasn't said what the screen resolution is or whether the display uses a cheaper resistive screen. Its Android 4 implementation isn't a full Google-sanctioned edition and uses a Kids App Store, a subset of the AppsLib store, to provide extra downloads. About 10,000 titles sit in the store.
Stores should start carrying the Child Pad by the end of March.
Android tablets have dipped to or even below the Child Pad's price before, but they have usually come from small Chinese outlets. Many often can't go beyond Android 2.3.