I was waiting for this shoe to drop!
Right now, it’s only a rumor.
But Archos has had a seven-inch mini-tablet for some time. It’s a frikkin beast — a metal-clad brick.
As I wrote in Multi eInk eBook Device Fondle Report:
The Archos 7 shocked me. It was frikkin heavy. Heavier than the Nook. It made me stop to wonder about the practicality of mini-tablets as eBook readers. It would be very, very annoying to have to hold something that heavy for a period of concentrated reading. More on all of this later herein.
The Archos 7 was a whopping 23 ounces. But that one — running Archos OS, not Android — contained a big mechanical hard drive. One with Flash storage would be considerably lighter. I’m sure they’d also lose the heavy metal shell too.
Chippy reports, via rumor, that this new Archos 7 will weigh under 300 grams, which would be under 10.6 ounces.
Let me pull up the weight specs I’ve run in past posts:
Nook: 11.2 ounces (actually 12 ounces!)
Cybook Opus: 5.3 ounces
Archos 7: 23 ounces
Archos 5IT: 6.4 ounces (32GB Flash)
Pocket Edition: 7.6 ounces
Touch Edition: 10.1 ounces
Notion Ink: 27.2 ounces (1.7 pounds)
Camangi WebStation: 13.75 ounces
Archos 7 Internet Tablet: less than ~10.5 ounces
Near the same weight as the Sony Touch Edition!
Why does this excite me? For one, Archos provides what no other Android device does: killer video-playback software. It can do DiVX/XViD AVI. Other Android devices are limited to MP4 and 3GP. Second, it will be as fast as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. This won’t be another slow Camangi Webstation.
What remains to be seen is its price and whether or not it will have another resistive screen (as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet does) or if Archos will move to capacitive.
At the very least, this offers Android users the first practical tablet from a company that has been showing a real commitment to Android (Archos has been pushing out updates nearly every week — and just last week updated Android to Donut — version 1.6 — on the Archos 5 Internet Tablet).
That damned ePub format for eBooks has just had its life extended — if Archos brings this out. Aldiko downloads will go even higher after an Archos 7 Internet Tablet goes on sale.
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