13-inch Archos FamilyPad tablet gets detailed some more, will hit UK in December for £275

November 21, 2012
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When Toshiba unveiled that monstrous 13-inch Excite 13 tablet, very many of us were ready to bet big money on it becoming a major flop. Still, it seems that not only has the tab been a hit, but it has also managed to create a niche for gargantuan slates.

Enter Archos FamilyPad, the second tab with a 13.3-inch screen. This was unveiled about a month ago and is now officially scheduled to hit UK in December. The “beast” (in a very literal sense of the word) will cost £274.99 ($437) and might even get to see the light of day in the States.

That’s not confirmed just yet, but Archos seems to trust the tab enough to take a gamble with it. Of course, the pricing will not be as premium as in Great Britain, though it’s still expected to cross the $300 border (by 50 bucks, according to sources).

Now why would anyone want to buy such a humongous tablet? Well, according to Archos, because it’s “perfectly sized for a family to use together”, because it’s ideal for sharing movies and pictures and because it “brings a new meaning to family game night”.

We don’t know about all that, but we do know that the FamilyPad is not exactly a groundbreaking device performance-wise. The tab will only run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with no Jelly Bean upgrade in sight, while the CPU under the hood will be an ARM Cortex A8-based one clocked at 1 GHz.

We’re not too crazy about the display’s 1280 x 800 pixels resolution either, while the 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, HDMI, microUSB and dual 2 MP cameras make this a decent, but modest big fellow.

As for the battery, Archos says that the FamilyPad should run for up to 10 hours on a single charge while playing videos, with standby autonomy being of around 6 days. Again, sounds decent, but not great. All things considered, is anyone at least intrigued about this? Would you buy it if it were cheaper? Are you going to buy it anyway?

Comments

  • realjjj

    Bigger tablets would be fine if the weight would be at least sub 700 grams,without that it would be hard for them to become relevant.

  • http://Nepallica.com Pretush

    dual 2 mp camera.. it would have removed rear camera.

  • olbp

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    MAN, If this were a 13″ Galaxy Note 64GB I’d be all over it!
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  • toobad

    It would be wonderfull if it had a:

    - Samsung 8-core big.LITTLE chip
    - A resolution of 2560 x 1600
    - SD card port
    - HDMI poort

    How about a Google Nexus 13?

    This would be awsome!