Since Microsoft has its latest operating system out, it is rare for a tablet or laptop to be released without support for it, but that is precisely what Archos has done with the 13.3-inch FamilyPad.Indeed, as strange as it sounds, the only operating system from Microsoft that actually meets all tablet necessities is not mentioned anywhere on the product page.
Instead, the 13.3-inch Arnova FamilyPad can
Archos does say “or higher,” so Windows 8 should work. As for the software that is actually installed on it, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available (no word on Jelly Bean update).
Hardware-wise, FamilyPad utilizes a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, an LCD with a native resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio) and 1 GB of RAM (random access memory).
There is mention of 8 GB of storage space too, which is probably why the tablet only costs £274.99 ($437 / 342 Euro).
That said, Archos' device also has a mini HDMI display output, for when even the 13.3-inch panel is not large enough.
A Universal Serial Bus port (USB) is available too, though it is not the best. Since it is only a USB 2.0 connector, it cannot reach too high a transfer speed (580 Mbps max).
Moving on, the slate features the obligatory wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi), plus a microSD card slot in case 8 GB just aren't enough.
Other specs include a pair of webcams (2 megapixels front and back), integrated stereo speakers, a G-Sensor, and a microphone. A stand is included in the purchase, allowing customers to set the slate upright on a desk or some such. It helps when watching a film for instance, since one doesn't need to hold it up all the time.
Update November 22, 2012: Fixed the OS confusion. The tablet Runs Android 4.0 and nothing else, but can communicate with PCs / electronics running one of the other ones mentioned.