There aren’t many 13 inch tablets in the market today, most manufacturers are putting a lot of effort in developing 5 inch phablet, 7 inch tablets and 10 inch tablets. But besides Toshiba’s Excite 13, Archos’ new Arnova FamilyPad is another 13 inch tablet that I think has specs that I would recommend to an above average user. Rumors of Archos’ new tablet began circulating a few days ago and the company confirmed it via their Facebook page yesterday. Today, new details on the tablet’s specs and estimated released dates have surfaced.
The newest addition to Archo’ family of tablets features a 13.3 inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels which is contrary to earlier rumors that he tablet would feature a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. The tablet looks massive and would be perfect for individuals who need a machine to use for demanding tasks such as school and office work.
When it comes to power, the new tablet will be powered by a 1.5 GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex A8 processor which will most likely be a single core though I really wish it will be a dual core. The CPU also boasts of a Mali 400 GPU power and 1 GB of Ram which I think are sufficient for a mid-range tablet, no matter the screen size.
The first disappointment is that the tablet will not be coming with Android Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. It will come running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and looking at Archos’ history of OS update, it is unlikely that a Jelly Bean upgrade will be available any time soon. I feel that developers should at this moment be working on tablets that come with jelly bean considering that the new OS has been around for months now and even some tablets and smartphones that came earlier are already receiving the update.
The Archos Arnova FamilyPad will sport a mini HDMI connector, 2 USB ports and a microSD card slot on its sides, which are rather thin. Rumor has it that the tablet will have two 2 Megapixels front and rear cameras though I fail to see how Archos can put a 2 MP camera on the front and another 2 MP on the rear for such a massive device. I hope the rumor is wrong and that the tablet will have at least an 8 MP rear camera. Other specs include 8GB Onboard memory and a good battery which the company promises will provide up to 8 to 10 hours of video playback or 5 to 6 hours of web browsing for a single charge. The tablet will come with an optional stand for users who may find it a little too heavy or those who want to place it on a desk. I hope a dock and a keyboard will be available for this model too.
There hasn’t been any word on the pricing of the tablet but what we have established is that the tablet will be unveiled within the next 1 to 2 months. Archos has a history of budget-friendliness when pricing their devices and based on the tablet’s humble specs compared to high end tablets on the market, I expect it to sell at around $300.
Are you looking forward to this huge potentially budget-friendly tablet? We are and although the specs are just but a rumor, the device is real and once we find out the official specs and features, you will read it here.