Oh those crazy Europeans. Carrefour, one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world, is offering a 10.1 inch Android tablet for 199€ (about 290 USD). According to its Greek website, the Carrefour TouchTablet CT1001 rocks a 16:9 display with a 1024×600 resolution, WiFi, 4GB of internal storage, an accelerometer, Android Eclair 2.1, and a battery life capable of juicing out 7 hours of video playback. Oh, and the display is resistive. Wait, what?
Not so fast, that display spec may be a typo. According to the Greek site Techblog, an ad for the same product boasts a capacitive display, Android 2.2, and a MicroSD port. So what specs are correct? I did a little bit of digging and it turns out the Carrefour TouchTablet CT1001 is developed by Archos and bears a very striking resemblance to the Archos 101 internet tablet (although it is not the same one). Both the Archos 101 and Archos 70 boast capacitive displays so there’s a high possibility that the Carrefour website made a mistake. It is also very possible that Carrefour is fronting a down-specced Archos 101 but seeing as how the Archos 101 retails for $299 with a hard drive that’s twice as big and a capacitive display, this might not be the case. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if anyone actually picks one up the next time they go shopping for groceries.
Regardless, this is a supermarket branded Android tablet. Is it a matter of time until a Safeway branded or Costco branded tablet hits our shores? If they do, would you buy one?