While other manufacturers are busy building devices with very high specs, Archos is going for a detour; it is trying to attract a pool of family-oriented tablet users with its new 13.3-inch FamilyPad tablet that will be released in December, just before the holidays. The Archos FamilyPad will not be competing against other tablets on steroids; instead it seeks to provide people a means of getting even closer through technology.
But just because Archos doesn’t want to compete on a high-end scale doesn’t mean its devices, especially the FamilyPad, have second-grade specs. No. Archos FamilyPad tablet gets ARM Cortex A8 chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It could have been better if the manufacturer has given it a quad-core processor but for the processes this tablet is designed for, its current specs are more than enough.
FamilyPad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and to optimize the its performance, Archos has given it 1GB of RAM to complement with its dual-core processor. It didn’t reveal any information whether an update to Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean would be rolled out in the future. But based on its processor and RAM, FamilyPad can run the latest Android version without a problem, for sure.
Archos says that FamilyPad will more often be used to play multimedia files like movies so it has set its focus on providing a display panel with better resolution. Aside from the fact that its display is considerably wide at 13.3 inches in diagonal measurement, it is also capable of 10-point multi-touch, not to mention that it will sport a 1280 x 800 pixels HD screen resolution.
Furthermore, the tablet will offer 8GB of internal memory but it comes with a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB card. You cannot really expect it to sport a good snapper because both its primary and secondary cameras have 2 megapixels only. Reports indicate this tablet will be offered at £274.99 or about $439. It cannot be considered expensive but many could be attracted to it if it were priced lower.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an oversized tablet. Just this year Toshiba Excite 13 was released but it flopped at stores and wasn’t able to meet what its manufacturer expected. While Archos is trying a different market strategy, the success of FamilyPad is still questionable as of this point.