The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is already a great bit of kit but if youâ€™re looking something a little bit bigger, more sofa friendly and with a few more features a 7â€ version makes sense.
Data-mind.co.uk, a wholesale distributer for Archos products has a new Archos 7 Android listed in their catalogue for an amazing 127.65 UK Pounds. (Trade price, before tax = about 200-250 pounds retail price.) If the Apple tablet appears for around 600-pounds (weâ€™ll find out later â€“ join me at UMPCPortal.com/live for chat), it better have something extremely special on board!
Obvious enhancements are stereo speakers, web cam and CD-input. An 800×480 resolution isnâ€™t as high as it could be but is still going to work out well for the Android operating system (and means Appslib devs donâ€™t have to make two versions of Android apps) and will make web sites and ebooks a bit more comfortable to read. Thumbing the on screen keyboard will be easier in portrait mode but more difficult in landscape mode.
Size-wise weâ€™re looking at a very light and slim 203x107x12 mm which is going to be maybe 100gm more than the original Archos 5 Internet Tablet. Under 300gm!
We assume that the platform is the same Ti-OMAP 3-series delivering that same good experience as we see on the Archos 5 (full review)
Yes, this could be a fake but it makes so much sense for Archos to push out a 7â€ version that even if it is a fake, I’d expect it to happen soon anyway. That just leaves a 3G version of the A5 (with slider keyboard please!) and then Archos will have one of the most interesting range of â€˜smartâ€™ devices yet.