Archos is a French tablet maker that seems determined to release a tablet for every purpose and in every imaginable size. Archos has offered screens ranging from 2.8" to a 13.3" FamilyPad. In the past they have launched a gaming tablet, an mp3 player, and a glorified alarm clock, and today they are venturing into the kitchen.
The Archos ChefPad takes your average mid-range 9.7" tablet and wraps it in a durable and cleanable rubber shell. Archos is calling it a cooking assistant tablet, but strip away the shell and the default apps and it is a rather unremarkable Android tablet.
The ChefPad is running Android 4.1 on a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU. It also has a quad-core Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, and Wifi.
There's no Bluetooth on this tablet, and that is going to limit its ability to work with Bluetooth speakers (something I would want in a kitchen tablet). This tablet also lacks the forward facing speakers I would have expected as an alternative to Bluetooth, and the rubber shell is probably going to muffle the sound.
But the ChefPad does have HDMI out, a speaker and mike, and a g-sensor. It also has a pair of cameras. Both reportedly have a resolution of 2MP, though the image quality is still unknown.
This tablet will ship with Google Play as well as a suite of cooking apps. According to Archos:
The Chef’s Apps selection on the ARCHOS ChefPad filters through thousands of apps to provide the best cooking content in a range of categories including recipes, drinks, shopping, cooking TV and more. Whether you are looking for dinner ideas, a good wine match, a balanced meal plan or a smoothie, Chef Apps gets it done.
The ChefPad has a 9.7 inch, 1024x768 screen, making it the equal of cutting-edge tablets released in 2011. But given that the price is expected to be under 200 euros, I would not call the screen resolution a shortcoming.
The ChefPad is expected to go on sale in Europe in June 2013 for about 170 euros or £149. That comes to about $220 to $230 USD, though the US price will almost certainly be cheaper ($199 or less).