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?

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