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While the last few days have been filled with the latest news on Windows Mobile 6.5 and some of the hot smartphone hardware on the way soon, it would be easy to find an excuse for almost missing this one. It seems that Archos has finally released their newest-generation PMP into the world, with the Android-based Archos 5 Internet Tablet now available for immediate delivery from Amazon here in the U.S. and direct from other retailers around the world.

Initially, only the 160GB ($389.99) and the 32GB ($369.99) models are available for purchase, with the 500GB ($499.99) model still in pre-order status and coming soon. The other previously-announced capacities will apparently come at a later date, but to be honest, I'm not sure if the smaller flash-based models are even necessary in this day of growing media libraries.

Some users over at ArchosFans have already taken delivery of their new devices, and from what I can tell in brief reading, the experiences are mixed at best. Hopefully the Android platform will take the Archos 5 from just a PMP into a full-fledged MID, because it definitely has the specs to pull it off, and the size seems to be what many people are looking for.