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Archos Launches £130 7-inch Android Tablet

Archos has surprised many by launching a new home tablet called the ARCHOS 7 which will be available for as little as £130 and is based on Google's Android platform.

The french-based hardware manufacturer managed to cram a lot of hardware into the ARCHOS 7 including a 7-inch touchscreen capable of displaying 800x480 pixels with WiFi, a weight of 350g and a 12mm thickness.

It comes with an integrated USB connector that makes it easy to transfer files from a PC to a digital camera but doesn't seem to come with a storage card reader.

As expected the Archos 7 is based on an ARM processor, a single core ARM 9 processor running at 600MHz, and according to Archos's CEO, Henri Crohas, fits in a niche when a smartphone is not enough and a computer is too much, in other words, the same space targeted by Apple's iPad.

Oddly, there is already an Archos 7, one with a hard disk drive and marketed for significantly more than the £130 Archos will charge for this home tablet. That Archos 7 will not be able to boost of a seven hours video playback time or 44 hours of music on a single charge.

Archos has also thrown in a number of widgets including some for Youtube, news, weather and local business directories. It does include a built in MP3 player as well as a free music streaming service.

The Archos 7 will be launched in May and should be available for preorder fairly soon although Archos's UK website has yet to display it online.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.