Archos FamilyPad 13″ Android Tablet Clears the FCC – Nicknamed Goliath

Do you know what you get when you cross an Android tablet with the family car? I don’t, but apparently Archos does. Their newest tablet showed up on the FCC website today.

It’s called the FamilyPad, and I don’t know much about it. It looks to be running the latest version of Android on an Allwinner A10 CPU, and it has 2 cameras, Wifi, HDMI out, a couple of USB host ports, g-sensor, microSD card slot, and a speaker/mike as well as 3 big batteries. It’s going to come with 2 storage options, 8GB and 16GB.

And oh yeah, it has a 13.4″ screen, resolution unknown. I’m going to get one, just so I can recreate scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Kidding aside, there seems to be a growing trend in android tablets for growing tablets. The FamilyPad is third large Android tablet I’ve heard about in the past couple months. The first came from Viewsonic and measured 22″ across, then Toshiba showed off a 13″ Excite, and now Archos has this tablet.

I’m planning to get one of these tablets because I’m deeply interested in seeing how well Android works on it.  Android was originally designed for 3″ screens, and with each new iteration of Android tablets it’s been interesting to watch device makers and app developers adapt to new screen geometries.

These tablets are so big that I’m not sure Android can adapt.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. fjtorres14 August, 2012

    If the price isn’t outrageous and the resolution is good enough, it might make a good comic book viewer.

  2. Name (required)15 August, 2012

    It seems to be almost big enough to display an entire A4 or “Letter” page in 1:1 scale. A4 page has 14.3 inches diagonal.
    Might be an interesting option for reading pdf documents, such as scientific papers or comics.

  3. nbmezzo25 October, 2012

    Agree, could be very useful for reading A4 files without having to reduce the size too much.

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