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FCC slips Archos' Android tablets early

updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed August 26, 2009

Archos Android at FCC

The FCC today gave away some of Archos' plans for Android tablets today by publishing a test report for the hardware. Known as the A5S, the device is much like the existing Archos 5 but adds a microSD slot for removable storage and notably shows a much different interface (seen below) than the custom Linux that Archos uses today: it appears to have a reference Android build but with icons at the bottom that may represent quick access to common tasks like music or the web.

Wireless is also a staple of the A5S as it has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an FM transceiver, though the 3G data promised by Archos is gone; a reference in the user manual accompanying the FCC filing makes reference to a second A5H model that may bring the feature.

Archos has said it plans to unveil its Android tablet hardware on September 15th and should have a custom Android app store sometime near when the first devices are ready. [via Engadget]








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