Archos 48 Internet Tablet: Like the Archos 5, but cheaper and without GPS

Archos has quietly introduced a new Android tablet with a 4.8 inch display and a whopping 500GB of hard drive space for $299. If the Archos 48 looks familiar, it’s because it’s virtually identical to the Archos 5 Internet Tablet which has been available since 2009. But the new model lacks GPS and the $299 price tag is a lot lower than the $449 price for an Archos 5 decked out with a 500GB hard drive.

Still, you’re essentially getting last year’s specs with this model. The Archos 48 has an 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 256MB of RAM, a 4.8 inch, 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen display, and runs Google Android 1.6 Donut. It also ships without the Android Market preloaded, although I suspect installing a hacked version of the Market and other Google apps like Gmail should be as easy on the Archos 48 as it is on the Archos 5.

The good news is that like other Archos tablets, the Archos 48 Internet Tablet has excellent multimedia capabilities, with support for a wide range of audio and video codecs including 720p MPEG-4, H.264, and MKV video files. The tablet also supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0.

  • Anonymous

    As if they didn’t already have the 43 in that ballpark. WTF is going on here…

    • Anonymous

      Probably just phasing out the Archos 5 for a basic PMP. 800×480 at 4.8″ gives it a higher pixel density than say the Archos 70 with the same resolution. So video should be sharper and 500GB gives plenty of room for your media.

  • rickb

    No GPS = worthless

    • Anonymous

      GPS is hardly vital to a device that will be primarily used as a PMP. Besides it’s not like they have much choice these days with that feature increasingly being tied to 3G for AGPS, which is why none of the 8th Gen Archos tablets have GPS, along with most other tablets without 3G functionality.

      Though with bluetooth and Froyo 2.2 you could possibly tether a bluetooth GPS or a Smart Phone, which most these days can offer GPS as well.

  • Lucian

    No GPS = longer battery life = a feature
    If I wanted GPS, I’d buy a smartphone.

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  • Hoangkg

    Hi everyone.
    Can you please tell me where to buy Archos product in Toronto (Canada)? Or any store in Buffalo? I am interested in the Archos 48 (500gb) or Archos 5 (160 gb or 500 gb).
    Thank you.