Published on November 22, 2012 2:27 PM

Archos Releasing A Family-Oriented Tablet: The FamilyPad

Due to be released in December for £275

Archos is digging deeper into the world of Android + touchscreen with its new plus-size tablet, the FamilyPad.

In response to continuing financial difficulties, Archos is searching for ways to redirect ship by expanding its range of touchscreen devices. After its XS tablets (see our 101 XS review), 97 Carbon and 80 Cobalt, the French high-tech firm is launching the FamilyPad, a giant 13.3-inch slate with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

This tablet from the Arnova range is decidedly entry-level, which you can tell from its specs: 1 GHz Cortex A8 ARM processor, 1 GB of RAM and 1280 x 800 resolution. It has a 10-point multitouch capacitive touchscreen and a 2-Megapixel camera sensor on each side.

It has more connectivity than most tablets, with a micro-USB port for transferring files, a mini-HDMI output, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microSD slot for expanding the 8 GB memory. It has b/g/n Wi-Fi, but there's no mention of Bluetooth anywhere.

The body is 26 cm long and 12.5 cm thick, for a weight of 1.3 kg (that's roughly twice the weight of your average 9-inch tablet). Archos has included a stand so that you can sit the tablet up like a photo frame.

Archos is advertising the tablet as something families can use to play board games on, with 10 hours of battery life during continuous video playback. The Arnova FamilyPad is set for release in December for £274.99.

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