Archos 32 Portable Media Player stops by the FCC for a visit

The Archos 32 is a 3.2 inch internet tablet and media player that’s part of a new line of Android-powered tablets from Archos. Last week a premature retail listing gave us a few details about the device, but now we have the first photos, courtesy of the FCC.

The Archos 32 8G Internet Tablet looks more like an iPod touch than an iPad, due to its small, phone-like size. It has a 400 x 240 pixel display and an ARM cortex A8 CPU, as well as GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a video output. It also appears to have a directional pad, which could come in handy for controlling media playback or video games.

There’s also a camera, accelerometer, and the same media software used on larger Achos tablets such as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. The media software can handle a ton of audio and video codecs including MKV, H.264, WMV, FLV, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and AAC. It looks like Archos will also be offering a DVR Statoin add-on and several other accessories including a TV output snap-on, a car mount, a battery dock, and a mini dock.

There’s no official word on pricing, but J&R had briefly listed the Archos 32 for about $150 before removing the product page.

You can find more photos after the break.

via Wireless Goodness

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  • Send2tt

    No memory expansion slot, no dock (check internal photos for the PCB). USB at bottom of unit, meaning no RF attachment to be used as universal remote.

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  • Anonymous

    if they had gone for a 2mpix camera and added a compass, they may have had a chance at bundling android market.

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  • Charbax

    As you know, no matter what “chance” Google gives them at pre-installing the Google Marketplace, it will for sure be possible to install the Google Marketplace by simply double clicking on the appropriate .apk file from the file manager. That simply takes 1 minute and any user who really wants the Google Marketplace on it can figure out how to do that.

  • Anonymous

    while i cant fault it on the practical side, i prefer open source related activities to be cleaner then their closed source equivalents. Is this not basically the same as saying that jailbreaking iphone makes all complaints against apples iphone policies moot?

  • Charbax

    Nah you know this is nothing like jailbreaking. It’s just the installation of an app. A bit like Windows not coming with Office pre-installed but you can install Office later.

    For users like you and me it makes nearly no difference, it’s a 1 minute install. The only issue is in terms of marketing and in the demo models in stores, those can’t have Google Marketplace pre-installed, but of course that can change any minute when Google changes their policy away from only supporting $500 hardware.

  • Anonymous

    no, its in concept much the same, as neither jailbreak nor users installing marketplace are activities approved off by the parent companies. Its just that as long as it do not become common place, they dont care about it being done. If google really wanted people to install marketplace on their own, they would provide the apk right on the site. But they do not, and as such its an activity that they will ignore as long as it stays limited. If it becomes more common, we will see google sending their lawyers after any and all sites providing a marketplace enabling apk.

  • Charbax

    It’s not as much Google ignoring that it takes place, it’s more an issue of Tablets simply not being popular enough yet for Google to announce their whole new upcoming branch of Android for Tablet form factors. Google never pre-announces unreleased products. You can be sure there is a Nexus One like tablet coming and that once all the major manufacturers really start releasing tablets, then Google will provide the full Google Marketplace optimized for all of those.

    That doesn’t remove from the fact that installing Google Marketplace on current and upcoming Archos tablets works for 99% of apps just perfectly fine. That once Google filters out the 1% of apps that don’t work because of certain hardware requirements, it will be even better, but most users know not to install a camcorder app if there is no camcorder for example.

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  • Brad Linder

    You mean like Google Chrome. And Google TV?

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