Archos has made many tablets. It actually has more tablets than any other manufacturer. But the new Archos 97 Titanium HD seems to resemble very closely the iPad. To my knowledge the first Android tablet in the 9.7 form factor (iPad form factor). They even point to it having a retina like screen, with a 2048×1536 resolution screen.
Archos, is a French electronics company that has been making their rounds in Android. They seem to specialize now solely in Android products. To be frank some of their products are quite revolutionary:
1. Archos TV Connect – This literally turns your HDTV into a Smart TV with an infrared device and a multifunction remote.
2. Archos GamePad – think Sony PSP but for Android and 7”. Picture seeing this on the subway
They describe themselves as:“In 2010 ARCHOS was the first company to launch a range of 5 Android tablets including 2 revolutionary products; the ACHOS 28 Internet Tablet, the first Android MP3/MP4 player at less than 100€ (~$130 USD), and the ARCHOS 101 Internet tablet, the first 10 inch Android tablet weighing less than 500 grams. Since founded, Archos has constantly innovated in the portable multimedia market. Having introduced several industry firsts ARCHOS maintains an inventive approach to product development.”
- Display - 9.7’’ inches
- Resolution - 2048 x 1536 pixels, IPS display
- OS - Android 4.1, "Jelly Bean"
- Processor - Dual-core A9, 1.6GHz, Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4
- Memory - 8GB and MicroSD slot (up to 64GB)
- RAM - 1GB RAM
- Video playback - HD (up to 1080p @30fps) and • MPEG-42 HD (up to 1080p @30fps)
- Video File Format - AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV
- Audio File Format - MP3, WAV, AAC3, AAC+ 5.13, OGG, FLAC
- Front Camera - 2MP
- Rear Camera - 5MP with auto focus
- Connectivity – WiFi
- Sound - 2 Built-in speakers
- Weight - 640g (22.5 oz)
Pre-installed apps: To get you started with your apps, the ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD comes installed with OfficeSuite Viewer - for reading office documents, a demo of World of Goo – the critically acclaimed puzzle game as well as News Republic and Brief Me to manage your world news and customized feeds.
Not sure when this will be available in the US (but online you can purchase anything) nor the pricing associated but Archos is another Android company that you may want to look into for the future of Android.
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