The Archos 7 Internet Tablet features a 7 inch touchscreen display and runs Google’s Android operating system. Like the Archos 5, the new model will come with some custom Archos software for playing audio and video files. While I was underwhelmed with the build quality and stability of the Archos 5 tablet I recently reviewed, the video software is almost worth the asking price for the tablet, since Google hasn’t seen fit to launch a really good video player for Android.

First announced at CeBIT earlier this month, it looks like the Archos 7 could ship as soon as next week. Chippy at CarryPad found a German retailer that’s taking orders for the 7 inch tablet with an estimated ship date of one week.

Redcoon.de is charging 180 Euros for the 8GB version of the Archos 7. That’s about $242 US. Archos also plans to launch a model with just 2GB of storage for 149 Euros, or about $200 US.

While many vendors are pushing Google Android-powered tablets as low cost alternatives to Apple’s iPad, it’s worth pointing out that most of these devices ship without access to the Android Market. That means while there will be well over 100,000 apps available for the iPad on day one, you’re pretty much stuck with the software that ships with an Android tablet like the Archos 7 or at best a few hundred apps that are available in third party app stores.

Some users have figured out how to enable access to the Android Market on the Archos 5 and other tablets. But as Wired points out, Google doesn’t officially support Android on tablets, so it’s likely that tablet users will have to continue hacking their way to into the Market. It’s also possible that this is largely because Google will start pushing its upcoming, browser-based Chrome Operating System for tablets and netbooks when it’s officially released later this year.

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5 replies on “Archos 7 Internet Tablet (with Android) could ship next week”

  1. The 8 GB model is available for preorder in amazon US for $199. Just search for Archos Home Tablet.

  2. Before you bash something…or even report on it, why don’t you find out what you are talking about. This is NOT the Internet Tablet…this is the HOME tablet. Different specs. Not the same device as the Archos 5, 800 vs 600….also no mention of the second DSP processor.

    And you complained about build quality? It has excellent build quality- easily the equal to Apple. Also, very easy to get access to all of the apps.

    FAIL

  3. Google is releasing Android for tablets and laptops soon. Check https://armdevices.net/2010/03/17/eric-schmidt-confirms-android-marketplace-for-tablets/ and https://armdevices.net/2010/02/22/i-interviewed-eric-schmidt-and-andy-rubin-at-mwc-off-camera-for-now-watch-eric-schmidts-keynote-video/

    Marketplace can be hacked onto the Archos Android tablets, in a simple one-step “One-click install an .apk file transfered over USB” and works basically the same as if it was officially supported by Google.

    The US price is going to be $179 for 2GB and likely $209 for the 8GB version (not $200 and $242 as you post)..

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