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").
While they may not quite have the buzz that Samsung's Galaxy Tab is generating, there has been still been plenty of interest in Archos's 2010 line of Android tablets - particularly among those who like to hold on to their money. Archos's pricing has traditionally been one of the hardware's most attractive points, and this year's "Generation 8" is no exception.
L-to-R: Archos 101, 70, 43, 32, 28 - aka Generation 8
Now Archos is adding another feather to the Gen. 8 cap, with news that the line should be receiving an update to Android 2.2 within the next few weeks.
While the current state of Android tablets is measly to say the least, it looks like that may be changing soon enough, with the Galaxy Tab that we will (hopefully) see announced in 3 days at IFA 2010, the recently announced ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Froyo tablet, and now five new Archos tablets.
Admittedly, the Archos name didn't exactly excite us (this is, after all, the same company that made the resistive touchscreen-impaired, buttonless, Android 1.6-laden, Archos 5 Internet tablet) but after a closer look at what they've got to offer, we think the manufacturer might be onto something here.
With the tagline "How do you tablet?" Archos has just introduced:
Archos 28 is a $99.99, 2.8-inch, 320x240 resistive touch machine, which is set to launch by the end of September (also comes with 4GB of storage and an 600MHz Cortex A8 processor).