13.3-inch Archos FamilyPad 2 announced, coming soon for €299
Archos has officially announced the FamilyPad 2, on Facebook of all places. This is obviously the successor to the first FamilyPad that was unveiled in November last year and went on sale one month later. For the new tablet, Archos decided to slap its own branding in there, instead of going with the Arnova moniker as it did for the original device. That’s an interesting decision, seeing has how Arnova has always been Archos’ cheaper brand (yes, Arnova products are even cheaper than those labeled Archos).
So who wants a 13.3-inch tablet? The screen size hasn’t changed for the sequel, and this is still one of the biggest tablets out there. The screen resolution isn’t extraordinary though, coming in at 1,280×800. Then again, most laptop screens that size don’t come with much higher-res screens either, so whether this is a disadvantage is entirely up to you.
The Archos FamilyPad 2 also has a 1.6 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with quad-core graphics, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a pair of 2 MP cameras (front+rear), and Wi-Fi. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 337x230x11.6 mm, and it weighs 1.3 kg. Thankfully though, it’s going to ship with the ‘quick stand’ you see in the image above included free of charge. Otherwise, this may be a bit tough to handle.
The FamilyPad 2 should be out in Europe “very soon” for €299. Pricing for the UK and the US hasn’t been announced yet. That’s not cheap for a ‘usual’ tablet, but for a 13-inch behemoth – actually who knows? It’s not like the FamilyPad 2 will have any competitors at its size.
So if your idea of the perfect tablet includes a positively huge (but not necessarily high-res) touchscreen, you may want to give the Archos FamilyPad 2 a chance.