Archos 32 Internet tablet sitting pretty with FCC

Archos 32 Internet tablet sitting pretty with FCC

Summary: For those of you waiting and searching for more Android-based tablets, the Archos 32 appears to be on the way. Except it seems to be suffering from an identity crisis.

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For those of you waiting and searching for more Android-based tablets, the Archos 32 appears to be on the way. Except it seems to be suffering from an identity crisis.

The Archos 32 is being labeled both as an Internet tablet and a portable media player. Sure, a laptop can access the Internet and play music, so a tablet should too. But can't a tablet just be called a tablet rather than sticking it in another category?

Additionally, the Archos 32 should probably be labeled as a mobile Internet device rather than as a tablet given the 3.2-inch, 400 x 240 resolution touchscreen.

Regardless, the whole caboodle should be hitting shelves soon as the Archos 32 is currently in transit with the FCC. The agency has released some photos and details, and some of the most important specs to know right now are:

  • ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • 8GB of storage space
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 720p-capable DVR dock
  • Codec support: MKV, H.264, WMV, FLV, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, AAC
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The Archos 32 is expected to sell for approximately $150 a pop.
[Image via Liliputing]

Topics: Tablets, Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobile OS, Storage, ARM

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  • iPod Touch wannabe?

    I still think the big question for these Android based devices is; can anybody actually make money selling software for them? Or can services be created that the owners will hand over some cash to use? Without apps or services the device is marginally useful, and without revenue/profits who's going to develop them? I guess time will tell.
    GoPower
  • It's not yet labeled

    Archos hasn't yet even announced the name and avilability of the product, for now, these are only some leaks for it. Who is to say what the limit is for a tablet, Archos has been making tablets for more than 5 years, in the beginning 3.5", then 4.3" and 7" and recently 4.8" and 7". Now they are going to release at least 5 different sizes from 2.8" to 10", so everyone gets to choose whichever size they prefer to use.
    charbax@...
  • All their stuff is glitchy

    Archos may have been making tablets for 5 years but the problem is they're all pretty uniformally crappy. Firmware glitches, hardware issues, or just mediocre designs. They must be subsidized by the French government or their primary Euro audience has low standards and expectations.
    archangel9999