At a special event in Paris, France, Archos made its next-generation Internet Tablet official today. The Android powered multimedia device will outmatch the iPod touch with a Ti OMAP3 processor and a huge 4.8-inch touchscreen display with 800×480 resolution and 16 million colors. In addition to its fast processor and high resolution screen, the Internet Tablet will also include:
- HD video support (H.264, WMV, Mpeg-4 up to 720P)
- Archos AppsLib store with Archos 5-compatible Android applications
- Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
- GPS with 3D Maps
- Bluetooth 2.0 (mobile phone tethering capable)
- FM transmitter and FM receiver (RDS)
- Built-in speaker, microphone and leg stand
- support for a wide variety of audio/video codecs and image formats
- additional functionality available via optional accessories (DVR-Station, HDMI Mini-Dock, GPS In-Car Holder, etc)
- Pre-installed Android applications include DroidIn, Ebuddy IM, Twidroid, QuickPedia, and more
- Flash 10 support expected with Android 2.0 in Q1 2010
- 22 hours of Music playback time and 7 hours of Video playback with standard Lithium polymer battery
The Archos 5 Internet Tablet will be available in two models: an 8, 16 or 32GB Flash version and a 160GB or 500GB hard drive version. Prices start at $249 for the 8GB Flash version up to $439 for the 500GB hard drive version and it will launch on September 16th (directly from Archos and at Amazon.com). Also interesting is the Archos Phone tablet, which Archos only partially unveiled. The Phone Tablet will have a 1GHz processor, 3.5G HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, a 4.8-inch 854×480 display and all the other goodies its non-3G cousin has. No release date for the Phone Tablet was announced but the January 2010 edition of CES would be a good place to launch, no?
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