If for some reason you were lusting after the Archos 43 upon ogling the company's lineup of Froyo tablets, good news, you can buy one right now from Archos, for a tidy sum of $250 (this is for the 16GB model, the 8GB model is not currently available). What does a quarter of a grand get you? We've provided Archos' full tech specs at the end of the post, as they're quite lengthy. Currently, Archos appears to only be shipping the 43 to Canada and the US, via their online store - somewhat odd, as they are based in France (the French store shows the device is still "Coming Soon").
It's a tablet - sort of!
It's definitely worth noting that while the 43 is packing Froyo, it does not seem to run on a Google-approved version of Android. This means you'll be at the mercy of Archos for software updates, a relatively small company. Sounds like a pretty good candidate for CyanogenMod.
It has no access to the market, and presumably won't have access to any of the Google Android apps out of the box (Maps, Goggles, Gmail, Navigation, Talk). The 43 does include access to AppsLib, which has been marketing itself as the Android tablet "alternative" to the Market.
Are you planning on buying a 43? Have questions or an opinion about it? Let us know in the comments.
• Internal: 8 & 16 GB**** flash memory
• External: Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
High resolution touch screen, 480x854 pixels (FWVGA), 4.3'' TFT LCD, 16 million colors
Android 2.2 Froyo7
• ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP
• Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
. MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps)
. MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@8Mbps)
. H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@5Mbps)
. WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 fps@10Mbps)
. M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution
With optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com):
. Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 fps@10 Mbps)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP
. Stereo MP3 CBR & VBR
. WMA, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC3
. AAC+ stereo audio files
. OGG Vorbis
With optional software plug-ins (downloadable on www.archos.com):
. AC3 stereo audio
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions, MKV / VOB embedded subtitles
Video recording & picture taking
. HD Camcorder: 2 MP - recording format: 720p H264 / AAC .MP4
. Webbrowser, Email, Contacts, Appslib, Twitter, Wikipedia, Weather Channel, Ebuddy, Deezer, Mewbox (UK), Napster (US), Racing Thunderlight, Weather Channel, World Newspaper
. USB 2.0 Device
. USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) (adapter micro B/A sold separately)
. HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
. WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
. Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
. Built-in speaker
. Built-in leg stand
. Built-in Microphone
• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• Device charges via computer USB port
• Music playback time6: up to 36 hours
• Video playback time6: up to 10 hours
• Web surfing6: up to 12 hours
• Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
• Updates can also be downloaded at www.archos.com and updated via USB mass storage
Dimensions & weight
. 135 x 65 x 9 mm . 5.3. x 2.6. x 0.4.
. 130 grams . 4.6 oz
Minimum system requirements
• Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher
• USB 2.0 interface
ARCHOS 43 internet tablet, earphones, Standard USB cable, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice.