Archos to ship first Android tablet for $200

Archos on Thursday officially announced their upcoming Android-powered tablet, the Archos 7. Running a custom version of Android 1.6 on a seven inch widescreen display, the new device is slated for launch this May 17 at a low $200 price point.

Because the tablet wasn’t built to replace a standard notebook computer, Archos is betting on selling it at a price level that many similar portable media players are priced at. (The base iPod Touch and Zune HD models are both $200). 

In addition to its 16:9 widescreen seven inch display, the tablet will be loaded with 8GB of storage that should last users for about seven hours when playing back video and 44 hours for music. Additional features include 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSDHC support, email, photos, eBuddy instant messenger, Aldiko ebook reader, and DailyPaper newspaper reader. 

While the full Android Market won’t be available on the device, Archos is bundling their own (much smaller) AppsLib store for downloading additional apps. Full specs are below:

  • 600 MHz processor 
  • 800 x 480 resolution 7” LCD 
  • 8GB Flash storage, expandable through microSDHC or USB 2.0 storage device
  • 7 hours of video or 44 hours of music on a single charge
  • 720p video playback support (H.264, MPEG-4, Realvideo) in .avi, .mp4, .mov, .flv containers
  • MP3, WMA (non-DRM), WAV3, APE, OGG, FLAC, AAC3 audio support
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Two built in speakers, leg stand, microphone
  • .47” thick, 0.8 pound weight
  • Windows, Mac, or Linux support in mass storage mode
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i think some of you have kinda missed the point of this "tablet". While you may get in forums and discuss the difference between android 1.6 vs the newest version, the average everyday user doesn't know the difference. And these products are specifically targeting the tech-deprived with its low price and moderate functionality. It is what it is...its a low priced alternative to the ipad for persons who cant afford to spend almost a grand on it!

Wow, the tablet for all the complainers about the iPad's price. Buy cheap, get cheap. Don't complain later why it is slow and runs like crap, because you wanted cheap and something that "apple fanboys" would not buy.

Eh, i think i'll pass on this. If it had the full marketplace, and i was sure it was going to be supported i would maybe get it, but it seems there is a pattern of old android devices not getting the newest software updates and such.

A fail of a product if you are calling it a tablet. The purpose of a tablet is to allow to allow scribing or drawing like taking notes, annotating, drawing sketches, etc. This product for that function is the equivalent of taking a piece of paper, tearing it into thirds, and handing you one piece saying there you go.

Although the iPad is also a poor example of a useful tablet also, at least it has the form factor better if you have to get an ultra light tablet.

Currently, the iPad and this device is the equivalent of a big phone without anything added other than a bigger screen. There is no increased functionality and all the apps in the world from either side can't detract from their inability to provide more than a novelty.

The courrier concept (that is still in planning to be delivered) was the only design that was actually useful. Definitely not a "big phone", but more useful as a business machine, eReader, student device, etc. Seriously, why would anyone want a kindle or the like when you could have a tablet for not that much more.

While none of these can ever truly replace the functionality of a convertible laptop, at least they aren't as big or heavy.

joshua.barker said,
A fail of a product if you are calling it a tablet. The purpose of a tablet is to allow to allow scribing or drawing like taking notes, annotating, drawing sketches, etc. This product for that function is the equivalent of taking a piece of paper, tearing it into thirds, and handing you one piece saying there you go.

Although the iPad is also a poor example of a useful tablet also, at least it has the form factor better if you have to get an ultra light tablet.

Currently, the iPad and this device is the equivalent of a big phone without anything added other than a bigger screen. There is no increased functionality and all the apps in the world from either side can't detract from their inability to provide more than a novelty.

The courrier concept (that is still in planning to be delivered) was the only design that was actually useful. Definitely not a "big phone", but more useful as a business machine, eReader, student device, etc. Seriously, why would anyone want a kindle or the like when you could have a tablet for not that much more.

While none of these can ever truly replace the functionality of a convertible laptop, at least they aren't as big or heavy.

Have you even used an iPad? How about the courier? If you said no to the first question, how do you know that the iPad fails in doing work? Am typing this right now using an iPad and it works great. I can also do word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Do not talk about fail, before you had hands on time. Now, if you said no to the second question about the courier, sorry to hear that you and the rest of the planet did not get to try a concept design that was not meant for the public. The courier was concept and now it is vaporware.

Edited by Kingv84, May 10 2010, 11:47pm :

Kingv84 said,

A couple of questions about the largeness of the iPad.

Congratulations on purchasing a $600 fancy remote control. I don't expect you to see beyond your shiny failure of a product, however, when the haze lifts and you realize how useless the device is, perhaps things will be different. The iPad is useless and perhaps you'll be lucky to be on the list of people that can prepurchase the iTable which is an iPad blown up by 4 times because Apple realizes that they can turn the same product out over and over again and people will continue to buy it as long as it has either a different letter or is bigger.


The courrier was not vaporware and was also not a concept but an implementation of 5 years worth of work that will be finalized and sold. Bill Gates has said as much and that is a fact.


As for business use, anyone can view spreadsheets and do word processing on practically any smart phone now a days, so if you just want to look cool and not be able to do real business work like most of us have to do on laptops or desktops, then by all means, be the metrosexual in the conference room that can't pay attention because he can't stop caressing his new toy.


Fun and games aside, the only business use the product will ever have is when shady IT personnel convince their departments that its essential to their lives just so the company will buy them. The same thing originally happened with the iPhone and many companies wised up and realized that they needed to get real.

Edited by joshua.barker, May 11 2010, 12:59am : formatting issue, html tags ignored

Interesting, however I would be further impressed if it were the most recent release. I considered the iPAD because not only was it small, but it also supported iWorks. There are a few Android word processors (Doc2go) but it's rather pricey..

if upgradability was apart of the plan the device would come with the most recent version of the OS from the gate.

This could be incredibly useful to play music in the car. Unfortunately, my library (and I'm sure many others) won't fit on it and I don't like the idea of selecting artists, especially if you can only fit around 15 or so with 8gb. Should come with at least a 250gb hard drive, 500gb would be nice or even a terabyte

Another first gen product. I'd give it a miss... Better to wait and enjoy what's ahead (either from Archos or Apple) than deal with headaches and disappointments.

So lets see. It's running an outdated OS which most likely won't ever be upgraded and doesn't run apps from the Android Market. Even at such a great price, they'll be lucky to sell 1 million of these during this products lifetime. Especially with other, bigger, Android tablets on the horizon. I'll pass.

asdavis10 said,
So lets see. It's running an outdated OS which most likely won't ever be upgraded and doesn't run apps from the Android Market. Even at such a great price, they'll be lucky to sell 1 million of these during this products lifetime. Especially with other, bigger, Android tablets on the horizon. I'll pass.

Why dont you think that the OS wont be upgraded?
I doubt Google will just leave it like this without more options.

V-Tech said,

Why dont you think that the OS wont be upgraded?
I doubt Google will just leave it like this without more options.

The g1 comes to mind. And Android is currently on 2.x. Can't see Google going that far back to upgrade it.

V-Tech said,

Why dont you think that the OS wont be upgraded?
I doubt Google will just leave it like this without more options.

If upgradability was apart of the plan this device would have came with the latest version of the os from the gate.

cybertimber2008 said,
EDIT: I STAND CORRECTED from other articles.

Lol. I'm sorry, but these sort of niche products need to be popular to succeed. I think that the Android Slate market has some potential and I'm not saying that THIS particular device won't do well. It may completely blow away the iPad, who knows? But if it doesn't, Archos is unlikely to keep supporting it with many (if any at all) OS updates (why waste the time on a product that isn't selling well?).

Edited by Shadrack, May 8 2010, 4:50am :

asdavis10 said,

To do what?

Price more appropriatley, supports HD out (note, the VGA adapter on iPad is a joke, read reviews), similar battery life playing video...

cybertimber2008 said,
Price more appropriatley, supports HD out (note, the VGA adapter on iPad is a joke, read reviews), similar battery life playing video...

The component cables I have work just fine. But I've only used them a few times. Its a slate. Its not a bluray player, not a cable box, not an xbox 360. Sure, you might want to watch video ON an iPad or one of these Archos (neither sporting a true HD resolution, btw), but using it as output to a TV seems just absurd to me. Maybe I'm missing some killer application of such a device. But IMO, your argument is the same as buying a refrigerator because it has integrated Internet access (and some do btw, its absurd).

Edited by Shadrack, May 8 2010, 4:15am :

V-Tech said,
Now who can tell me that they prefer to buy an iPad for such a high price?!

Have you ever owned an Archos product before? Their customer service so horrendous that it is one step up from being non-existent. On paper this may look better than the iPad to some but paper doesn't tell the whole tale. When it comes down to product support, 3rd Party Support, Applications, and Accesories the iPad will be king for a long time.

V-Tech said,
Now who can tell me that they prefer to buy an iPad for such a high price?!

There's a few issues with this tablet for me. The screen isn't big enough, the CPU seems a bit weak and it doesn't have access to the Andriod App store. The App Store has got to be one of the iPad's biggest draws at the moment.

MarenLBC said,

Have you ever owned an Archos product before? Their customer service so horrendous that it is one step up from being non-existent. On paper this may look better than the iPad to some but paper doesn't tell the whole tale. When it comes down to product support, 3rd Party Support, Applications, and Accesories the iPad will be king for a long time.


You are telling me that Apple support is better then Archos? The support of Apple is non-existent. You only have one year warranty and if you turn the device in they always have an excuse not to repair it.

Renato456 said,

You are telling me that Apple support is better then Archos? The support of Apple is non-existent. You only have one year warranty and if you turn the device in they always have an excuse not to repair it.

Apple has the best support in the industry hands down.

Renato456 said,

You are telling me that Apple support is better then Archos? The support of Apple is non-existent. You only have one year warranty and if you turn the device in they always have an excuse not to repair it.

Troll comment that has not merit or logic to stand on. Apple has been widely regarded as having some of the best, if not the best customer service in the tech industry.

MarenLBC said,
Apple has the best support in the industry hands down.

That really depends on the country you're in. Here in the Netherlands I found Apple's support to be pretty poor when it comes to their computers.

Edited by .Neo, May 10 2010, 11:19pm :

Majesticmerc said,
This is awesome. The CPU's a bit weedy, but for half the price of an iPad you can't really go wrong!

nice will buy them if its good.

No SIM card = No 3G = No use outside a Wi-Fi spot. Yeah yeah it's a home tablet this one.

Edited by Jebadiah, May 8 2010, 6:47am :

Jebadiah said,
No SIM card = No 3G = No use outside a Wi-Fi spot. Yeah yeah it's a home tablet this one.

Given recently reported iPad 3G limitations it makes them equal

Jebadiah said,
No SIM card = No 3G = No use outside a Wi-Fi spot. Yeah yeah it's a home tablet this one.

Could always get one of those battery powered 3G > Wi-fi Routers (Mi-FI)

Jebadiah said,
No SIM card = No 3G = No use outside a Wi-Fi spot. Yeah yeah it's a home tablet this one.

I can use my phone as a wifi router. No way in hell I'm paying multiple phone subs.