Archos has just announced their plans to release a brand new Android tablet, scheduled to come out in time for the 2012 holiday season. Surely, the most busiest season of the year, where shoppers are hustling around trying to find the perfect gifts for their family and friends. Speaking of which, a family, as a family, is pretty much like a one big package during this particular period of time of the year, which best explains the rationale behind that recent tablet announcement – A 13.3 inch Android Ice Cream Sandwich slab, dubbed the FamilyPad (no word regarding a Jelly Bean update). Yes, you got that right, Archos wants you to share your digital experience with your loved ones, and it’s doing so by launching a big-screen device, running a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU under the lid, alongside a 1,280×800 HD display on top, 8GB of storage, two cameras with 2-megapixels each, HDMI out and a microSD card slot. Due for release in the UK first (with a US date to follow), the giant black slate will run you £274.99 ($438), which is more than you’d expect. Full PR after the break.
ARCHOS Brings Back Game Night and Puts a Digital Twist on Family Time with the Release of FamilyPad
The FamilyPad 13.3″ will revolutionise game night with digital board games that the family can play together, movie and picture sharing and a special digital family organiser
London – November 20, 2012 – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, is proud to announce a new type of tablet for the entire family called the FamilyPad. Perfectly sized for a family to use together the FamilyPad, featuring an impressive 34cm HD screen, will become the must have family companion this holiday season. Families can sit down and play digital board games, watch movies, share pictures or connect to social networks together. The FamilyPad runs smoothly and displays everything on a large sharp color 1280*800 HD display. It also features a 10x multitouch screen that allows up to four people to play a game as if it’s a real game board. It can also be put on display in the kitchen, living room or family room as a family organiser. The FamilyPad will be first released in the UK for £274.99 starting in December 2012.
The FamilyPad brings a new meaning to family game night and recreates the traditional board game into a digital game that provides a complete interactive experience for the entire family. With its 10x Multitouch screen, families can play games with up to four people at time for a real game board experience. The FamilyPad features thousands of various games to choose from including a range of pre-installed games selected by ARCHOS for an instant out of the box gaming experience.
Perfect for sharing movies and pictures
Family members can load all their HD videos, pictures or movies on this tablet for a high quality 1080P HD resolution viewing experience. The FamilyPad features a special embedded animated slide show functions that make pictures come alive for an entertaining slide show on a 34cm screen.
Organise the family
Family members can use the FamilyPad as a complete family organiser by placing it on display in the kitchen, living room or common area. In addition, they can keep connected with friends and family anytime through social networking and chat applications. It also allows configuration of a variety of email accounts for each family member, access to newspapers, sport news, financial information, traffic updates, weather forecasts and more. The FamilyPad is the perfect sized display tablet that will help keep every family member informed and organisedeach day.
· Storage: 8GB flash memory and expandable via micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
· Operating system: ANDROID™ 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”
· CPU: ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz RAM: 1GB
· Display: 13.3″ inch (34cm), capacitive 10 points MultiTouch Screen, 16 million colors, 1280 x 800 HD screen resolution
· Interfaces: 1x Micro USB host 2.0 for external devices, Micro SD slot, HDMI output
· Camera: Front camera 2.0 MP (1600*1200) and back camera 2.0 MP (1600*1200)