ARCHOS drops five Android tablets on an unsuspecting public

Okay, we weren’t really that unsuspecting, but it’s still impressive that ARCHOS is beefing up their line of media tablets with five new models running Android, including a model with 2.8″ display starting under $100.

Using a naming system based on screen size, ARCHOS announced the ARCHOS 28, 32, 43, 70, and 101 Internet tablets, sporting display diagonals of 2.8″, 3.2″, etc. The smallest is billed as the “First Android MP3/MP4 Player Promoted Below $100.” It features 4GB of storage and retails for $99.99. The 32 and 43 both feature built-in photo/video cameras and 8GB storage, priced at $149.99 and $199.99, respectively. These three seem aimed directly at the iPod touch, which is expected to be refreshed with a new model at tomorrow’s Apple event, with very competitive pricing.

The larger 70 will be available with either an 8GB SSD for $274.99 or 250GB HDD for $349.99. The 101, which they claim offers the largest screen of any Android device, will strangely be offered with only 8GB or 16GB SSD options for $299.99 and $349.99, respectively.

All will use Android 2.2 as the OS with Wi-Fi for Internet access. Apps will be available through the ARCHOS AppsLib store. The top three feature HDMI-out (32 offers composite video-out; 28 none) and microSD slots (except the HDD version of the 70). All are online at the ARCHOS web site now and Joanna Stern has hands-on video at Engadget.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. With there history of slow updates, or no updates, as in the case of the 5 inch android tablet still on 1.6 and the 7 inch that just hit the stors like Microcenter with Android 1.5, is anyone willing to risk buying?
    Fool me one…

    will wait for a company like HTC to put a tablet to market.

  2. As much as i would be tempted to get one I think i will pass, they make decent hardware but with all you can do with an Andriod phone i cant see spending more just for a larger screen

    • @dcboy
      The Archos (talking about the Archos 5IT here) doesn’t really need 2.x accept maybe for the flash plugin part.
      It plays downloaded flash games and flash videos as is, and the latest updated even has hardware accalerated 3D games, not bad for a music player.

      The difference is in the size, I tried a Archos 7 Home tablet and its 7″ screen is very good for watching video ‘on the road’ (in the train in my case)

      So yes, I am waiting for this new 7″ to come available around here.

  3. As you know, all these tablets very likely will support the full Google Marketplace, easily installable from a market4archos.apk file which you can find on a google search.

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