Posted by Charbax on March 11th, 2008
French blog PC Inpact claims to have gotten some informations from a reliable source about the upcomming Archos 606 HSDPA to be released after the summer hollidays. The rumors are as following:
- The case is totally black. (following the Apple trend of iPhone case color)
- The size of the device is about the same as the 605 WiFi but contains no buttons on the front of the device, instead uses a 1-2cm larger touch-screen. The whole interface is touch-screen based. There are still buttons on the side of the device, just not on the front of it.
- The price would go from 150-300 euros with or without subsidization by the HSDPA provider which in France is SFR. The HSDPA could be used for wap Internet access (whatever that means), and subsidized versions with 15-30 euro per month subscriptions would include access to features such as SMS, MMS, Yahoo messenger, streaming HSDPA TV and some other stuff. Non-subsidized model would go for 300 euros.
- While the Archos might or might not support VOIP, for telephony on the SFR network in France, users might have to get at least a low-cost simple mobile phone with another HSDPA sim-card perhaps within the same monthly fee on the same HSDPA user account. So to do your telephony you’d use one of those 10 dollar phones that do a good job saving battery power and providing good telephony functions, while Archos is best for all the multimedia and Internet features.
The source of this rumor is http://www.pcinpact.com/actu/news/42348-archos-SFR-eeePC-internet-illimite.htm