Buying or subscribing to a newspaper and getting a tablet free or at subsidized rates might soon become the norm, if a joint collaboration between Archos and TigerDirect bears fruit. Named PubTab, the program is aimed at letting publishers customize an Android tablet as per their subscriber’s requirements. PubTab will draw upon the French manufacturer’s expertise in the tablet sphere along with TigerDirect’s infrastructure in the field of customer support.
Philadelphia Media Network has already started their promotion when they offered an Archos 10 G2 tablet PC for just $99 to those who subscribed to three of their digital news applications. Though still a pilot program with full fledged operation slated to start by end of this year, similar offerings from other newspaper publishers might soon be there for the taking.
As for the Archos 10 G2 tablet device that recently went on sale for an affordable $200, it comes fitted with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor running Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. The tablet has a capacitive touchscreen of 10.1 inches and a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. Other features the Archos 10 G2 boasts of include g-sensor, 4 GB of on-board storage with a microSDHC card slot for added memory along with the capability to playback 1080p HD video. The tablet is also capable of recording 720p quality video, while the tablet as a whole weighs about 1.3 pounds.