Itâ€™s just so depressing to see this. 2nd generation Android tablets coming out from Archos that still donâ€™t have Google apps included. No contacts sync. No Gmail. No Buzz. No Maps. No Latitude. No Market. Again – No Google Market!
I hate to start on such a low note but really, havenâ€™t we all learned that an Android device without Google apps is only half an Android product?
Moving on to the details then. We have two sub 4â€ devices that weâ€™re not covering here, a 4.3â€ device (Archos 43) with a resistive (cough) screen that will â€˜eventuallyâ€™ replace the Archos 5 (according to Engadget â€“ this will also upset the patient Archos 5 owners that are wantingÂ 2.x upgrades) , a 7â€ tablet (Archos 70) with a capacitive screenâ€¦wait for itâ€¦ at 800×480 resolution and a 10â€ device (Archos 101) with a 420 gram, 1024×600 capacitive screen.
Itâ€™s the 10â€ device that appears to have the right ingredients. At 420gm thatâ€™s ebook-light and if Archos are including their video playback skills (we assume they are due to the HDMI-out) then youâ€™ve got yourself a flexible friend there assuming you can handle a bit of sideloading.
Thereâ€™s a ton of specs on the Archos UK site and they include Android 2.2, a 1Ghz CPU and multitouch on the capacitive screens. Unfortunately, I donâ€™t see any mention of 3G.
Should we discuss below? Weâ€™ll get the specs in the DB as soon as we can.