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Archos merges PMP with... digital photo frame

Family oriented "Home Tablet" launched

France's Archos used to make portable media players. Now it makes "Home Tablets" too, and today introduced the Archos 7 and Archos 8 to prove it.

Both machines are based on Google's Android OS, running on an ARM 9 processor clocked at 600MHz.

Archos 8

Archos' 8: photo frame, meet media player

As the numbers suggest, the new 7 and the 8 sport 7in and 8in displays, respectively. But while the 7 looks like Archos' existing line of PMPs, the 8 comes in a design more reminiscent of a digital photo frame. Think of it as a family resource, the company suggests, kept in the kitchen and used for web browsing, video playback, music output, social networking and, yes, operating as a dynamic picture frame.

It has 4GB of on-board Flash storage, while the 7 will ship with a choice of 2GB or 8GB.

Archos 7

Archos 7: new look for the PMP

The Archos 7 is set to go on sale in April priced at €149-179 (£133-160), depending on capacity. The Archos 8 will follow a month later, priced at €149. ®

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