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Full official Henri Crohas keynote video available (in English)

Posted by Charbax on 19th June 2009

Archos has officially dubbed the full Henri Crohas CEO keynote, available at http://www.archos.com/corporate/event_062009.html?country=us&lang=en

We also recorded a lower quality version of the keynote that we broadcast live during the event on the 11th of June in Paris at http://archosfans.com/2009/06/11/archos-event-video-recorded/ on which, if you fast forward till after the 57th minute of the first part of the video, you can follow our 3-hour live video coverage from the Archos showcase of the new products.

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Archos 10 Ubuntu with 500GB hard disk and 2GB RAM released!

Posted by Charbax on 15th June 2009

Please digg this story here: http://digg.com/linux_unix/Archos_to_release_500GB_Ubuntu_netbook (the more people know about this 500GB Archos netbook, the faster Archos will release it worldwide not only in France and the faster Archos will decide to dedicate the maximum amounts of marketing efforts for it)

This is pretty awesome. Archos releases the Archos 10 Ubuntu edition, with a 500GB hard drive, 2GB RAM and a 6-cell battery built-in. Running Ubuntu 9.04. All for not much more than the Archos 10 with Windows XP, 160GB and 1GB of RAM: available for 375€ at french retailer Surcouf.

Source: http://www.laptopspirit.fr/43822/archos-10-1er-netbook-avec-500-go-sous-linux-ubuntu-2-go-6-cellules-atom-a-375e.html

Is Archos planning to be the worlds best brand for high-end Ubuntu powered netbooks? What about the recently announced Archos 10S that is super slim, lighter and nicer because of its Magnesium case design and that has a better dimentionned keyboard, will they release a Ubuntu version of it with a 500GB hard drive, 2GB ram and Ubuntu 9.04 as well? How much more would that cost compared to the announced Windows XP 160GB and 1GB RAM version?

Based on the pricing from this first French retailer to commercialise this new product, the Archos 10 Ubuntu with 6-cell, 500GB and 2GB RAM, costs “only” 46€ more than the Windows XP, 160GB and 1GB RAM version (consider in the EU there is a 20% VAT tax on all products, thus consider that the US pricing premium for Archos Ubuntu netbooks can probably be below 50 US dollars!! US pricing and availabillity of Archos Ubuntu netbooks has not been officially announced yet though): Here is Surcouf’s pricing for the 6-cell Windows XP version: 329€ (consider the Windows XP version of the Archos 10 has been sold for months and the Ubuntu version has only just been released by Archos right now for the first time)

Based on the current MSRP pricing, the Archos 10 with Windows XP is 349€ and the Archos 10 Ubuntu edition is launched with an MSRP of 375€, thus a difference at launch of only 26€. Again, when converting Euros to US$ prices, consider that European prices always include about 20% in VAT taxes. Thus the Archos 10 Ubuntu might only cost about $25 more even though it has got 3x more storage and 2x more RAM than the version with Windows XP. Thus you could expect to find the Archos 10 Ubuntu with 500GB hard drive, 2GB RAM and a 6-cell battery at around $350 in the US at the cheapest resellers (based on my calculations, if Archos soon releases it in the US as well).

You can discuss this awesome news at http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=24175

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Full official Henri Crohas keynote video available (in french)

Posted by Charbax on 14th June 2009

You can see the full 1-hour keynote video of Archos CEO Henri Crohas from the June 11th event in Paris at: http://www.archos.com/corporate/event_062009.html?country=fr&lang=fr (which we were broadcasting live in a lower live streaming quality at http://archosfans.com/2009/06/11/archos-event-video-recorded/ and which also includes 3 hours total of live video coverage from also after the keynote from the product showcase area)

Last year, Archos had released an English dubbed version of the keynote. So we will wait and see and perhaps soon Archos will also record a voice-dubbed English version of this keynote video and we will post you the link to it in a new post here if that happens.

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Android fans at the Archos event in Paris

Posted by Charbax on 13th June 2009

CrOvax and Ulrich from http://frandroid.com are Android fans at the Archos event in Paris, reporting about their reaction to the fact that Archos is not zet showing the Android device/devices publicly but only a bit talking about them at this point, and annoncing only officially about the Archos Android September event that will be coming up.

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Video of the Archos 13

Posted by Charbax on 13th June 2009

The Archos 13 Laptop at Archos event in Paris is probably one of the coolest thin 13″ laptop designs on the market.

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Video of the Archos 10S minipc

Posted by Charbax on 12th June 2009

The Archos 10S is probably one of the markets best Intel based slim and light netbooks.

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Video of the Archos 9 pctablet

Posted by Charbax on 12th June 2009

Here is a HD quality close-up look at the Archos 9 PC tablet device as shown at the Archos Event in Paris which was also live streamed and which is now available as a recording at http://archosfans.com/2009/06/11/archos-event-video-recorded/.

About the price, you have to consider that EU prices in Euro include an average of 20-25% VAT taxes that people have to pay in Europe. So the US price often is about the same amount just in US dollars. I also think that I remember clearly that Archos announced this as a 450€ or 500 US dollar device. So converting the Euro price to US dollars is not the correct way to guess the US targetted suggested retail price for this product. Thus expect this to be sold unlocked cheaper than 500 US dollars in the USA, thus cheaper than the current price of an unsubsidized iphone (599 US dollars). Also consider than until the release, Archos may find HSDPA networking partners in many countries around the world to ship this product to consumers at a subsidized price (for example I’m just guessing 199 US dollars) when bundling it with a long term HSDPA data service package for it.

Videos of the Archos 10S, Archos 13 and some talk about the Archos Android device/devices to be shown and released by Archos in September will be uploaded later today.

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Archos Android to be shown and released in September

Posted by Charbax on 11th June 2009

Today Archos had representatives from Intel and Microsoft on stage, so Archos could not use this event to also show their fully in-house developed Archos Android product or line of products. Sadly. We will have to wait a bit more to see more of that. But Archos CEO Henri Crohas started his Keynote speaking about the Android line of products and giving us some details, basically saying that it’s going to be awesome.

Archos explained a bit of how it is working now in terms of R&D and development work. Archos still has their core engineering team working on the Android device/devices to be unveiled on or before September the 15th at another event. All the while, Archos is able to release Intel and Microsoft based products and position themselves very well on the market, in partnership with engineers and manufacturers in China, in partnership with Intel and Microsoft as well.

You can hear more from the Archos CEO Henri Crohas about Android in the keynote that we broadcast live using ustream.tv at around the 15-25th minute: http://archosfans.com/2009/06/11/archos-event-video-recorded/

Here I filmed a highlight of Henri Crohas’s talk about Android in upcoming Archos device/devices:

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Archos Event video recorded

Posted by Charbax on 11th June 2009

Until Archos will release the official high quality video from Henri Crohas the CEO of Archos’s Keynote [edit 18th June: Archos has released the officially dubbed version of the official keynote video] with guests on stage such as Alain Madelain President of the World Fund on Digital Solidarity for the Archos 9classmate launch, Presidents of Intel France and Microsoft France as well launching the new line of Archos Intel/Microsoft products, you can see here the 2 hour long video that we broadcast live from Paris today filmed using an Archos 10′s built-in Webcam using ustream.tv. You can scroll this video forward to 57 minute to see the English speaking live video coverage from the Archos showcase of all the new products, including interviews of Archos representatives, discussions among the Archos bloggers and more :

There is also a second part of this broadcast, where we continue to go up close with the products:

HD hands-on videos are being uploaded right now. If my Hotel’s internet upload is fast enough, you will have the videos posted early tomorrow morning. Otherwise I will upload them during the next couple of days.

Archos Android products will be shown later, in September, by the 15th of September 2009, Archos will have the Android event with one or more Android products shown. Sorry, I thought that Archos was going to show the Android products at this event.

Thanks to BenMars for borrowing his Archos 10 laptop to enable us to do this live video streaming from the event today!

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Live from the Archos event!

Posted by Charbax on 11th June 2009

Watch it at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/archos-live-event

Chat about this live and see live blogging at http://friendfeed.com/archosfans

The forum thread is at http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=24088

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