Archos has been in the Tablet game for quite some time. So, for its next device, what does the French juggernaut have up their sleeve? How about mini-tablet weighing in at a meager 2.54 oz? According to JR, Archos is preparing the launch of its Generation 8 tablet, which will sport a 3.2 inch 400x240 display, 8GB Storage, and a powerful ARM Cortex A8 processor (similar to DROID 1, DROID X, iPhone 4, iPad). It will launch with Android 2.1, USB 2.0, composite-video-out, 720p video recording, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth EDR. Retail will be under $150. And for about half the price of a comparable iPod Touch, this could very well be a winner. No word on availability, but considering JR posted it on their website, it shouldn't be too far off. Check out the video and audio formats supported (note, AVI and MKV are inherently supported, woohoo!):
Video playback: MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p, 24fps@12Mbps) / MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 24fps@12Mbps) / H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 24fps@7Mbps) / WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 24fps@10Mbps) / MJPG (Motion JPEG) in VGA resolution (With Optional plug-in: Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30fps@15Mbps) / With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV
Audio Playback: MP3 CBR & VBR / WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1 / WAV (PCM/ADPCM) / AAC, AAC+ 5.13 / OGG Vorbis / FLAC (With optional Software plug-in: AC3 5.1)
With smartphones rising in popularity, is there still a market for these "mini-tablet" multimedia devices? Let us know your thoughts.
via: CrunchGear, Netbook Reviews