Lets take a look at the hardware features on this new unit, first of all it has a 7 inch TFT screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. You interact with the device via its Capacitive multitouch screen and it has a 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic accelerator so you can watch things in 3D! For processing speed it has a ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP and runs Android Froyo.
It supports plenty of Video codecs such as MPEG4, H.264, WMV9, and tons more! For audio you have a fair number of options with its built in media player such as mp3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG and FLAC.
This unit is one of Archos best offerings so far, you can connect to the internet via WI-FI and even use your phone to tether as well. It has built in speakers, a kickstand, build in microphone, and a webcam.
Battery life on the new unit is solid as well, you can use it up to 36 hours as a music player, 7 hours of video, and around 10 hours in web surfing.
Despite the fact that the Archos has a huge HD on this model, it still is slim and trim (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz).
All in all, Archos saved the best for last with this portable tablet computer, it will be at CES 2011 next year, and we will be on the scene to give you guys a full hands on of this new tablet PC. No word yet if it will have the Android Market, but considering most other Archos units do not have access, it is foreboding indeed. Good thing installing apps by hand is not as hard as it used to be.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.