The Android tablet revolution has most definitely started, with Archos the latest to show its hand by launching no less than five new devices, with one under £100. All of them will run Android 2.2 Froyo and have 3D graphics acceleration.
The most noteworthy of the five is the Archos 28, which is priced at only £99 for a 4GB version and £109 for an 8GB one. It has a 2.8-inch touch screen, which as our sister site CNET remarked, does suggest that it is more wafer than tablet. It also has a 320 x 240 pixel display, multimedia support, and an 800MHz Cortex A8 processor.
Next on the list is the Archos 32, with a 3.2-inch touch screen for £129. You get 8GB of storage and a rear-facing camera that records 720p video. The Archos 43 has a (slightly smaller than a Dell Streak) 4.3-inch touch screen and comes with a more powerful 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. This is available with 16GB of storage for £199. The Archos 28, 32 and 43 are out this month.
The Archos 70 is a 7-inch version, which is the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and ViewPad 7 we saw yesterday. This has a front-facing camera and has a mini-HDMI port so you can output video to a TV. It is £229 for an 8GB version and £269 for one with a 250GB hard drive.
Last but not least is the Archos 101, which at 10.1 inches is bigger than the 9.7 inch iPad and slightly thinner and lighter, according to the Guardian
One thing to note is that the Archos 28, 32 and 43 have resistive touch screens, which will make them less responsive than the two more expensive tablets in the 70 and 101 which have capacitive screens. Once we get in these to review, we'll tell you how much of a difference it may make.
Previously, Archos has restricted access to the Android Marketplace on its tablets -- we're waiting to see if that's the case with these new models, or whether they will only be able to run apps from Archos's own AppsLib store.