Archos 7c Home Tablet makes a Chinese appearance

Archos is introducing yet another new Android tablet, and Charbax from ARMdevices got a look at a new version of the Archos 7c Home Tablet during a tour of the Archos office in China.

There’s a version of the Archos 7c already up for pre-order for around $200, but the updated model due out this summer will have a faster processor and updated operating system.

The 7 inch Archos 7c coming out  in June has a 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It has a capacitive touchscreen display and supports Google android 2.3. The Archos rep describes it as the fastest chip available — which is kind of, sort of, almost true if you’re just looking at the clock speed. But since you can’t really measure chip performance in gigahertz alone anymore, it’s sort of a funny thing to say.

By the time the tablet is released this summer we’ll likely see a number of phones and tablets with single and dual core ARM-based processors with clock speeds up as high as 1.5 GHz.

That said, the Archos 7c looks like a nice upgrade to the Archos line of 7 inch Android tablets. It would be nice if the little guy was running Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and if it had full support for the Google Android Market, but Archos tablet users have been installing hacked versions of the Android Market on the company’s low cost tablets for ages. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Archos 7c turns out to be just as hackable.

  • Anonymous

    ok, so the rk2918 capacitive screen versions will be named 7c and 10c? Good, as Archos device naming was heading towards confusion…

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    I think the point is Rockchip claims the RK2918 is faster than Samsung Hummingbird / Apple A4 / OMAP3630 / even the second gen Snapdragon. But sure, it’s probably not faster than the dual-core Cortex-A9, but still this is good performance for a sub-$149 capacitive tablet.

  • Kamal DS

    That is weird because JR has listed it with these specs – Android 2.1, 800MHz processor.. http://netbooksreview.net/tablet/archos-7c-home-tablet/

    • http://www.bradlinder.net Brad Linder

      Looks like this is a new version of the 7c. I should probably update the post. :)

    • Lhommedangereux

      It is a 2.1eclair OS. But using overclock widget with temporary root the highest the processor gets is 384mhz. 800 would be nice tho…

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  • Lhommedangereux

    I have an archos 7c tablet, it must be the old version 7c because It runs at 384mhz. Not 1200mhz (1.2ghz). Maybe with a custom kernel it can be over clocked but out if the box, even temporarily rooted with z4 I can’t overclock it above 384mhz. This is a big deal if u like playing games on ur device. The last phone with such a slow processor was the g1, the first Android phone ever released. The screen is capacitive and very responsive. It does not have a camera. Overall its a good tablet, just as long as ur not into games. Hopefully this one coming out in June will live up to the claims, is like to see this thing with a 1.2ghz speed.