The Archos 43 sat right in the middle of the new generation of 5 tablet devices that Archos had lined up at the IFA 2010. There are two other smaller and bigger tablets on either side of the Archos 43. However, it’s the 43 that is going off the block at present, with actual deliveries slated to begin any moment now. The tablet was scheduled to land in store shelves in the middle of this month, and that’s already well past us. However, on a last check, it’s still on the pre-orders stage and there isn’t any time frame mentioned as to when actual deliveries are likely to commence.
For those who joined in late or have lost track of the Archos 43 in the heap of tablet devices that are getting launched almost every other day, here is a quick roundup of the device. The Archos 43 comes with a 4.3 inch display and runs the latest Android 2.2 Froyo. Under its hood can be found an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor with a separate media accelerator to take care of multimedia files.
The tablet includes Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet as well as HDMI output. The tablet also features a 2 megapixel camera that is capable of recording 720 p HD quality videos while also having an USB Host support to connect to third party USB devices. Weighing just 130 grams and shaping up as a competitor to the iPod Touch, the Archos 43 is compatible with a host of media files like AVI, FLV, MP4, MKV, WMV, MPG, PS, MOV, TS, VOB, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP while also being capable of playing back HD videos directly.
In the meantime, while Archos may be marketing the device as a tablet, there are many who are skeptical of it being called a tablet in the first place owing to its small sized screen, which is even smaller than the Dell Streak and is looking at more like a Portable Media Player.
Currently, the 16 GB model is up for pre-order at Amazon for $249.99.