After finally lifting the curtain on its next generation series of tablets at IFA, Archos has so far released the two smaller PMP-oriented members of the family, the Archos 28 and 32, leaving us to wait for the larger, more intriguing Archos 43 and Archos 70 internet tablets. Originally said to be out by around mid-October, chances look good that the company will be delivering on that promise for at least one product with the appearance of the 16GB Archos 43 for pre-order on Amazon for a tempting $249.99 ($245 including Amazon's 2% discount). Many people have been anticipating the 43 for its mixture of great value with very competitive specs, including a 4.3-inch WVGA resistive touch screen, 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, rear-facing camera capable of capturing 2MP stills and recording 720p HD video, and b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity, all contained within an impressively thin (0.4 inches) and light (4.6 ounces) form factor. It also retains the A5A's retractable kickstand and adds a mini-HDMI output and microSD slot.
Still no word on the Archos 70, but based on what has previously said, we can probably expect it to start appearing soon. Have you been waiting to pick up an Archos 43 or 70? Let us know whether you'll be placing an order and why in the comments.[Amazon]