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Archos 7 Home Tablet gets hands-on video: surprisingly good

Archos 7 Home Tablet gets hands-on video: surprisingly good

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

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Archos 7 and Archos 8 Home Tablets official: €149 but sluggish CPUs

Archos 7 and Archos 8 Home Tablets official: €149 but sluggish CPUs

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.

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Archos A70HB Family Digital Assistant tipped for CeBIT 2010

Archos A70HB Family Digital Assistant tipped for CeBIT 2010

Archos have already been pretty upfront about their plans to bring larger versions of their Android-based internet tablet to CeBIT 2010 this week, and according to the show guide they'll slot into the company's new Archos Home Slate category.  As tipped before, the tablets will prioritize family activities, such as group email and calendar access, together with the usual tablet fare such as internet access and multimedia.

Two Archos Android home-use tablets at CeBIT 2010

Two Archos Android home-use tablets at CeBIT 2010

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".

Archos Phone Tablet tipped imminent by case manufacturer

Archos Phone Tablet tipped imminent by case manufacturer

One of the devices we'd hope might see a CES 2010 debut but which failed to materialize was the Archos Phone Tablet.  The 3.5G cellularly-equipped version of the Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet, it was first tipped back in September 2009 and promised for 2010, but so far the French company have been no more specific about when we can expect the Android smartphone/tablet hybrid.  Now, a listing for the Archos Phone Tablet has been spotted on the "coming soon" list for case manufacturer Noreve, prompting speculation that its launch could be relatively close.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it's been pulled]

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it's been pulled]

Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut".  With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.

Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.

Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

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.

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