Given the Archos 7 Home Tablet has been lurking around on Amazon since the beginning of April, it comes as no surprise to hear the French company officially announcing it; still, we'll happily accept a firm shipping date. Priced at $199.99 for the 8GB version of the 7-inch Android-based slate, Amazon say we can expect it from May 17th.
Archos' attempts at traditional notebook/netbook form-factors hasn't exactly been a runaway success so far, but they could have better luck with the new Archos A13PS. Set to go on sale in April 2010, the A13PS distinguishes itself by using Intel's D510 processor, more commonly found in nettops than notebooks.
Not, perhaps, as interesting as the company's new Home Tablets, but Archos also have a line of new and updated PMPs to show at CeBIT 2010. The Archos Vision Series ranges from the tiny 24g Vision A14VG, with a video-capable 1.4-inch LCD display, FM radio and 4GB of storage, to the 4.3-inch touchscreen Vision A43VB, with 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 30hr battery and a video-output for playing content on a bigger display.
Video demos after the cut
The prospect of a 7-inch Android internet tablet running a relatively laggardly 600MHz ARM9 processor left us doubtful about Archos' new Archos 7 Home Tablet, but according to a very enthusiastic Charbax we shouldn't be so concerned. He's been playing with the Archos 7 for a few days now, and is reporting reasonable browsing speeds, 720p HD playback and 7hrs usage from a full charge.
Video hands-on after the cut
Archos have officially announced their so-called Home Tablets at CeBIT 2010 this week, and there's good news and bad. The Archos 7 Home Tablet and the Archos 8 digital photo frame each run Android, just like the Archos 5, but they have sluggish ARM9 processors rather than any of the more speedy SoC's we've seen on other tablets lately. Archos' trick, though, is in pricing: the two devices are €149 ($203), making them reasonably budget friendly.
The Archos 7 looks pretty much to be locked-in for CeBIT in around a week's time, but according to Archos' German PR team the company have a second Android-based internet tablet to bring to the show. CarryPad have heard that two new devices are in the works for the Germany-based show, both described as "good value Android Tablets that are specially designed for use in the home".
Windows 7 Starter Edition wouldn't be our first choice of OS for the Archos 9 PC Tablet - after all, it lacks the handwriting functionality you'll find in other versions - but at least it recognizes the touchscreen. Steve from UMPC Portal decided to load up Chromium OS on his Archos 9 (which we saw unboxed yesterday) but the end result is less than usable: since Chromium doesn't recognize the touchscreen, nor have an on-screen keyboard, you'll basically be stuck looking at the login page.