Archos has enough huge amounts of new products to announce so far for Gen8, that doesn't mean they are obligated to limit themselves to what they have just announced.
They do if they want to stay in business. This is not the phone market or even the PC market. Consumer electronics are seasonal and 75% + of sales are in Q4.
The only successful off-season launches are for rare items with non-seasonal demand or for items with no direct competition for a given market segment. That ain't IT tablets.
And it takes months to get something tooled up, shipped, distributed and on the shelves when you have to use containers. Apple can drop ship to consumers direct from China, but that's because they have big enough volume and margins to let them do that. Archos has to take the slow boat to preserve their margins. Nothing wrong with that, but it means they have to carefully plan production and shipments well in advance, as we saw reflected in the timeframe of the original Gen 8 leaks to the FCC tests.
At this point, the line-up is what it is, for better or worse. Archos is going to miss selling to a lot of it's base this Christmas, for better or for worse.
And hey, it might pay off big and aren't I going to look stupid! :D I really
hope I do.
But I don't think it's a great idea to expect the SKUs to change much if they don't change in the next week or so, because stores have budgets and are booking the majority of their Christmas stock in right now.