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Next Gen Archos 7 Android Tablet Leaks

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Next Gen Archos 7 Android Tablet Leaks

Let's close off this gangbuster of a week by reminding ourselves there's more than one tablet in the World worthy of attention...

Leaking today is the new Archos 7, the French company's next generation 7in Android tablet and bigger brother to the Archos 5. Furthermore, it's looking rather good.

Revealed specifications are an 800 x 400 pixel 7in touchscreen (type unknown), Android OS, 8GB of internal memory, stereo speakers, an integrated webcam, mic, SD memory card and mini USB slots along with a wide range of codec support including the ever requested, but much overlooked Ogg, Flac, AVI and MKV. Sadly no details were discovered as to the connectivity (we'd take WiFi as a given, though not 3G) or battery life.

That said, at just 203 x 107 x 12mm the Archos 7 is thinner than its forebear and therefore likely to be lighter than its 640g too. The main point of interest, however, will be whether Archos will finally meet Google guidelines to allow use of its main Market, Maps and Gmail features (seems a bit daft to continue ignoring them).

How much will all this set you back? Well, to reference a certain so-called tech messiah earlier this week: much less than $1,000. Except in this case we're actually talking about a base price of just £149.99. Yep, tasty.

As long as Archos doesn't let us down when filling in the last few blanks in the 7 spec sheet, it looks like the company could be onto a winner...

Link:

via ArchosFans.com

xbrumster

January 29, 2010, 8:50 pm

sweet, it'll teach Apple a lession.





when will they start selling a 10inch model?

Stelph

January 29, 2010, 9:28 pm

Android looks like a good option but Im wondering if the ultimate tablet operating would be Windows 7 with an overlay (similar to how HTC overlayed Windows Mobile with TouchFlow). That way you have a wide range of programs that you can install and use and play around, but for the mainstream functions (web surfing, video and picture editing, movie buying and watching) you use the overlay with the same simple way of using it as Apple have hyped about with the iPad.





An you could do some cool "wow" factor things, for example look at these video's of the MS surface PC and a clip from the minority report





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...





Imagine if you had taken some photo's and wanted to store/edit them. If you plug the camer in via USB or with an SD card then, like in minority report, you can "pull" the pictures out of the camera and onto the slate for editing. Or maybe they "spill" out onto the screen like on the MS surface, who wouldnt be impressed by that?





Theres lots of examples of clever interfaces out there, someone just needs to implement them all in one device

DrDark

January 29, 2010, 9:41 pm

Coo, tablets can have webcams? Whodathunkit.

jopey

January 29, 2010, 10:17 pm

What is this 'card slot'? There I see there's TWO speakers onith it? Ye gods, thy giveth us stereophonic noises!? You can playith back thy AVI's and MKV's!!!? Tis witch craft! Or surely a gift from H.G Wells himself. How much silver doth your palm require for such heavily feature set? ..... Wahhhhhhhh? I nigh believe this sir. Be gone with you, I shan't be tricked by such lies, such wonders are only for heaven (or Apple) to provide. Good Day.

mikfrak

January 29, 2010, 10:37 pm

I have owned three Archos devices over the years and I would be very wary of buying another. Most companies test their prototypes to produce a product for the market. Archos just sells prototypes and sees what happens, then brings out a new slightly improved prototype in a different box a few months later. There are always odd shortcomings that mean codecs don't work as they should or are missing altogether so you have to buy them from the company website. In my case the power supply kept blowing and was so badly designed it finally took out circuitry on the Archos itself until I was forced to buy a third party device to charge the battery. Most major high street chains that normally sell portable media devices have stopped stocking Archos, which suggests that other businesses are as fed-up with the company as its former customers. Archos devices are always good in theory, but so badly implemented in practice, that buying one is always a gamble.

sinaplenty

January 29, 2010, 10:46 pm

Multi-tasking, flash support, SD card slot, video chat, lighter, thinner, better format support. A quarter of the price. A QUARTER. How much would you need a bigger/better resolution screen, bigger touch keyboard and ebook store to pay four times the price? You could get this with a Kindle (so you could read ebooks without developing migraines) and still be only half the price of the iPad. Cool comes at a hell of a cost eh?

StephenW

January 30, 2010, 2:19 am

@Stelph - although I appreciate your idea of Windows 7, the big problem, in my opinion, is the boot speed. At least with the mobile platforms you can just switch the device on and use it straight away. And tablets as a form factor are most suited to viewing files rather than actually editing them, lacking as they do the imput devices you'd find on a laptop/netbook.

morsch

January 30, 2010, 2:33 am

Cool does come at a cost, but it's far from the only thing that money buys you when you're comparing an Archos device with an Apple device. Archos and Apple are like polar opposites, one appealing almost exclusively to geeks (who care about things like format support and multi-tasking) the other to everyone else (who like the convenient access to paid content). I'm firmly in the former camp. That said, maybe, just maybe things will be different when they essentially only supply the hardware, and Google delivers the OS.

MGS

January 30, 2010, 2:34 am

You just can't even start to compare the quality and innovation of what Apple launched this week with a 'low level' tablet like this. Why do people try?

prag fest

January 30, 2010, 4:09 am

It's just a big Archos5, I'm so disappointed, wheres the innovation, i wont be buying one, etc etc...





@MGS - bang on the money.

Tim Sutton

January 30, 2010, 5:36 am

@MGS





That's the least informed comment I think I've ever seen on TR, well done. You might just as well have called yourself "iNewbie".





I'm always a bit wary of a new Archos product as the software always seems to need revisions before it works properly. It's like you pay to be a beta tester.





However, once the kinks are dealt with and you've paid for format support (grr) every machine I've had from them has been fantastic.





I'm very interested in seeing Archos hardware with Android, it'd absolutely get my vote over a fat iPhone, though I'm yet to be convinced this size of 'portable' device from any company really has any point.

Jay4d0

January 30, 2010, 5:41 am

wonder why (it looks like) they have removed the core android apps like mail? since android now supports different screen res. this is where the iPad wins you can use it to surf the net and then read email. this would have a real chance to be great esp with flash thats coming to android to make it no.1 - hope other tablet manufactures take note.

MGS

January 30, 2010, 1:30 pm

@ Tim Sutton





Not sure about least informed comment! I think that prize goes to 'fat iPhone'!! Just open your eyes and look at the spec of the Archos - a sad 800 x 480 pixel 7 inch screen! As I said you can not even start to compare the iPad with this product so why bother...

TechnicPuppet

January 30, 2010, 8:12 pm

The iPad is not suitable for any content. None, zero, zilch.





No flash means it is useless as web browser, it's far to big to be used as an Mp3 player, movies and TV shows will look terrible on that 4:3 screen your holding up in your aching arms and it is not a good coloured e-reader, mainly because its not an e-reader at all, using this to read for long periods is as bad for your eyes as listening to loud music is bad for your ears.





Get a 'Netvertible' and a Kindle for less money that this piece of trash.

MGS

January 30, 2010, 10:54 pm

@ Alan Clinch





You have clearly spent a lot of time using an iPad to know so much! I am impressed. You and Tim should get together! Let's wait and see when it is available, and let the product (as usual) silence the army of Apple critics that seem to frequent this site!

ChrisC

January 30, 2010, 10:57 pm

@Tim Sutton:





Please don't feed the trolls ;0)

rav

January 30, 2010, 11:48 pm

@MGS


Innovation? It's a big iPod touch. What exactly was innovative?

betelgeus

January 31, 2010, 12:07 am

i figure it has to have a resistive screen,pity £150 would be a bargain.

TechnicPuppet

January 31, 2010, 12:16 am

Why would I have to use it to find out how any of the things I mentioned feel on it?





I stated facts only.





No Flash


4:3 screen you have to hold


Looking at non e-ink screens for long periods hurts and damages your eyes.





@MGS "You just can't even start to compare the quality and innovation of what Apple launched this week with a 'low level' tablet like this"





Since you have both you know obviously are in the unique position to compare the quality. As for innovation, you have me there, it's not like Steve took an ipod touch and made it bigger, then gave it another devices name and an old app from the istore and called it ibooks.

prag fest

January 31, 2010, 1:10 am

It is most amusing to see 'a bigger iPod touch' used as a term of derision. The touch / iPhone have been pretty much lauded as the gadget of the decade, I have yet to meet an owner who is not delighted with their purchase. Enlighten me how an evolution of such a product is a bad thing? It's quite clear from the bulk of the bleating that most of you have absolutely no experience using Apple products.





@ Alan - not suitable for any content? Too funny.


@ Tim - Archos design in the same league as Apple? This shit would embarrass Fisher Price.


@ brumster - teaching Apple a leason? Yep, like the lesson BMW learn whenever Lada roll out a new creation.


@ MGS - pity the fools. I'm sure the cavemen lynched whoever first showed them fire, but we all know how that turned out.





QED

morsch

January 31, 2010, 3:54 am

"Looking at non e-ink screens for long periods hurts and damages your eyes."





That's why I limit my computer usage to two hours a day. Oh wait.





E-Ink screens might be easier on the eyes for long periods of time, and they certainly are easier to read in the sunshine, but lets cut down on the hyperbole. These days I venture a whole lot of people read more on screen than on paper, even without an iPad.

Kieran

January 31, 2010, 4:35 am

Personally i think it looks pretty good..





Stereo speakers is one better than the iPad...





If this could multitask, and i could use word documents on it i would buy this easily over the iPad especially for £150

xbrumster

January 31, 2010, 4:42 am

@prag, easy man. I like the ipad though do believe there are some quite annoying limiting factors(on purpose?). I'd wish Apple could add more stuff to the ipad - hardware wise that's what the archos can teach Apple. Add a bloody camera, GPS, sim card slot, card reader, flash we all good to go!





Software and design wise? Top notch!

MrGodfrey

January 31, 2010, 5:34 am

prag fest: You have misinterpreted Darwin. "Evolution" is not the same as simple "Enlargement".





Incidentally, how exactly is it "quite clear" that we have "absolutely no experience using Apple products"? Because we choose not to simply drool and shower them with unqualified praise? Ironic that you should choose the word "bleating".





Your caveman analogy is extremely telling - some of the fanatics seem to really think every new Apple product is as culturally significant as the invention of fire. But Apple are not the first to show us fire - they are waving a novelty Zippo in our faces in 2010 and expecting us to fall on our knees in amazement. This is somewhat irritating, as is having the Apple brand rammed down our throats by the mainstream press (kindly doing Apple's advertising for them). Trusted Reviews has taken the unusual stance of applying common sense rather than blindly perpetuating the hype and myth-creation around the iPad. In doing so they risk angering a number of people who can't stomach the idea that there might actually be sound reasons to be critical of Apple and their products. Who are the real lynch mob here?

Tim Sutton

January 31, 2010, 6:51 am

Trusted Reviews has not so far descended into various adolescent fan boy camps, it would be nice if that could continue. It's not like there's a shortage of places for internet tough guys to parade their annoying idiocy. If that's what you want to do go do it, but not here please.





It's sad to say, but Apple zealots are rapidly approaching console fanboy levels of stupidity and selective blindness.





This is a tech review site where people who like to talk about tech talk about tech. It's not a personal insult to anyone if lots of (in general well informed) people can see flaws and pose questions in and about a new product. If people questioning your favourite uncaring multinational companies products makes you froth at the mouth then this isn't the place for you.





Anyhoo.. I don't see a real application for tablets from any manufacturer as I said.

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