ARCHOS (JXR) may be looking to expand beyond producing affordable Android tablets and could debut as many as three new smartphones later this year. According to a report from Russian website Hi-Tech, the company will unveil a line of “Platinum” Android smartphones in the coming months that will compliment its newly announced Platinum tablets. Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery and this seems to be the case for ARCHOS, whose products frequently appear to clone the competition. The company’s flagship 4.8-inch Platinum smartphone, which could cost around $335, will reportedly be equipped with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, 1.7GHz quad-core MediaTek CPU, Android 4.1 and a design that is strikingly similar to the Galaxy S III. More →
ARCHOS (JXR) on Thursday announced a new line of “Platinum” tablets that feature high-end specs and a low price tag. The company debuted three different sized tablets — 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 11.6-inch — that are equipped with high-definition IPS displays, 1.2GHz quad-core processors, microSD ports, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1. The 8-inch Platinum slate features a 1024 × 768 resolution screen and will be priced at $199, while the 9.7-inch Platinum HD tablet, which looks strikingly similar to Apple’s (AAPL) iPad, will be equipped with a 2048 × 1536 resolution display and will sell for $299. Both tablets will be released this month, while the largest Platinum slate will be available in April and offer a 1920 × 1080 resolution screen for $349. ARCHOS’ press release follows below. More →
Barnes & Noble announced on Friday that it has updated NOOK for Android eReader application with access to newspapers and magazines. Users with 7-inch 800 x 480 resolution tablets running Android OS 2.1 and higher — that includes the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 10.1, XOOM, G-Slate, and others — can now view more than 120 magazines including popular periodicals such as Esquire, Maxim, Rolling Stone, and Popular Science, as well as national newspapers such as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. Users can choose to access the content with a free 14-day trial, a subscription, or by purchasing issues individually. The update is free and should be available in the Android Market now. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
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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Announced back in August, the Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet is now available and shipping worldwide. Not quite an MID but way more than a standard PMP, the Archos 5 has a 5″ screen with 800 x 480-pixel resolution, integrated 802.11b/g WiFi, Opera Web browser with Flash 9 support, and support, either natively or through a plugin, for almost every audio and video playback codec imaginable (including HD at 720p). It ships in 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB sizes for $350, $400, and $450, respectively. If you can stand the wait, a 3.5G HSDPA version is expected in December 2008. Want to get a closer look at the Archos 5 tablet in action, then head over to Archoslounge.net who has posted an 18 page review chock full of images and hands-on video goodness. We put a teaser above but there is lots more at their site to drool over. Be warned, the review is in French but we all know how to Google translate, right? Enjoy!