Archos has unveiled a new line of Android devices including two new tablets and two entirely new products for use around the home.
On the tablet front, Archos will soon launch its first devices running Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and they’re the cheapest Honeycomb tablet I’ve seen so far.
The Archos 80 will have an 8 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display and a starting price of $279. The new Archos 101 G9 will have a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a starting price of $349. They’re each expected to go on sale at the end of September.
Both tablets will have 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processors and a choice of flash storage or a hard drive with up to 250GB of storage. These will be the first Archos tablets to ship with full access to the Google Android Market.
They’ll each have 720p front-facing cameras, USB host and slave capabilities, microSD card slots, and HDMI outputs. Built-in sensors include GPS, G-sensor, and compass, and unlike most tablets on the market the Archos 80 and 101 will have built-in kick stands.
The 8 inch model will weigh about 1.1 pounds with flash storage or 1.4 pounds with a hard drive. The 10 inch tablet will weigh 1.5 pounds to 1.7 pounds. Archos says you sholud get up to 7 hours of battery life while watching videos or 10 hours while surfing the web.
The tablets will support WiFi and Bluetooth out of the box, but there’s also an optional 3G stick accessory which will let you connect to mobile broadband networks. The stick is designed to fit into the back of a G9 tablet, but it will also work with Windows or Mac computers. The 3G stick will run 49 Euros, or about $69 US.
The Archos 35 smart home phone is basically a land line telephone that works like an Android smartphone. You can use the device as a cordless telephone by plugging the base station into your phone line or ADSL box. The smart home phone will let you set custom ring tones, view caller photos, and generally do anything else you could do with a smartphone — except make or receive phone calls away from the house. It also runs Android apps.
The Archos 35 home connect takes a different approach toward injecting a little Android into a home appliance. This time Archos is taking aim at the clock radio. The Archos 35 home connect has built-in speakers and uses the Android clock app to display the time and weather and to let you set alarms. You can also tune into web radio stations, or even make video calls or use the device as a baby monitor.
The Home Connect will have a 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, 4GB of storage, an SD card slot for expansion, a 3.5 inch touchscreen, and Google Android 2.2 Froyo.