Archos FamilyPad 13.3in Android tablet detailed, priced
Christmas launch for the large-screen family-friendly tablet
Archos has announced its latest tablet, the 13.3in Archos FamilyPad Android device.
Designed, as the name suggests, for use by all the family, the Archos FamilyPad is significantly larger than most tablets: its 13.3in display gives the tablet an impressively wide vista, but means that its portability is somewhat questionable compared to pocket-sized 7in and even 10in devices.
Behind the screen, which supports full 10-point capacitive touch-sensing and runs at a 1280x800 resolution, the tablet is powered by a slightly outdated ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 1GHz and features 1GB of RAM. 8GB of internal storage is available, with a microSD card slot providing support for an additional 32GB if the standard storage provision proves inadequate.
Connectivity is provided by an integrated Wi-Fi radio, with no 3G or 4G mobile broadband support, with a USB 2.0 port included for connection to a PC and for charging along with HDMI output for driving a big-screen display such as a computer monitor or HDTV.
Powered by Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, the FamjlyPad won't be able to support multi user accounts like tablets running 4.2 jelly bean. With Archos aiming the FamilyPad as a multi-user gadget, those additional features of Jelly Bean could come in handy - but, thus far, the company has not announced plans to offer an upgrade to buyers.
The FamilyPad is aimed at Christmas shoppers, with Archos planning to get it into the UK retail channel for £274.99 including a 'quick stand' unit that allows the device to be positioned upright for watching films or use as a digital photo frame.