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Archos Android Generation 8 announced

Posted by Charbax on 31st August 2010

At IFA 2010, which I will film for you in HD quality, subscribe to my RSS feed of my other site http://ARMdevices.net, Archos will be demonstrating the whole new Generation 8 line of Android tablet devices.

At nearly 2 times faster performance using Texas Instruments new 45nm OMAP3630 processor at up to 1ghz, with new and improved electronics, faster and more RAM memory (probably, to be confirmed if up to 512MB RAM), 3D graphics and video bitrates playback support nearly 2 times faster and better, all the while, battery runtime is longer in a thinner and lighter design. Archos has added up to HD camcorders, hardware Android buttons for better UI navigation as well as fantastic built-in HDMI outputs and full sized USB host connectors.

Perhaps best of all, Archos Gen8 is super affordable:

Archos 28 : $99 for 4GB, 8GB version also available
Archos 32 : $149 for 8GB
Archos 43 : $199
Archos 70 : $279 for 16GB, 250GB version for $349
Archos 101 : $299 for 8GB, $349 for 16GB

28 is the basic QVGA 2.8″ model, comes with least amount of RAM, no cam, no Bluetooth and no composite video output. 32 adds a camcorder, Bluetooth and composite video output. 43 also ads HD camcorder, FWVGA screen resolution, HDMI output and even more RAM. 70 and 101 come with capacitive touch screens, front facing video-conferencing cameras and full sized USB host connectors and HDMI outputs.

So for much cheaper than what Apple provides to the market, Archos is providing much better performance, better features, better multimedia support, more choice to the consumer. Look forward to my full HD quality videos of these products to be published here from IFA in the days to come.

Questions to be answered by Archos hopefully soon:

- Is there going to be a 4.8″ or 5″ Android tablet version in this generation, and if yes when does it come and will it have a capacitive touch screen?

- Will Generation 7 Archos 5 Internet Tablet have a firmware upgrade to Android 2.2 after it has been provided to the upcoming Generation 8 players in the couple of months to come?

- Would Archos use a Pixel Qi screen on the Archos 101, at least as an option if that readable e-ink quality LCD screen becomes available in the months to come?

- Will Archos release 3G options for any or all of these Tablet sizes as least as an option and for what kind of premium? Could it be done for just $50 extra or less?

- Does full bitrates of all or most of MKV high profile movies found on BitTorrents on the Internet playback smoothly and perfectly on the LCD as well as on the HDMI output of these new players?

There are many more specs to be read on http://archos.com

Discuss this new generation in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewforum.php?f=63

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How to install the Google Marketplace on Archos 7 Home Tablet

Posted by Charbax on 23rd August 2010

austnash posted a video explaining how to install the modified firmware on Archos 7 Home Tablet to have the full Google Marketplace experience on the device, as released by knightdominion to the forum since 19th of June this year in this thread: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=34668

Keep up the good work austnash!

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Picture of the Archos 32 leaked by Amazon

Posted by Charbax on 21st August 2010

Amazon.com has leaked a nice higher resolution image of the upcoming $149 Archos 32 (8GB) Android 2.2 compatible device, with 800MHZ ARM Cortex A8 45nm, OpenGL, DSP for full video/audio playback, VGA camcorder, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3.2″ 400×240 touchscreen, microphone, usb-host and more:

Look forward for Archos announcing the whole rest of the Archos Generation 8 lines of products during a press event scheduled for August 30th in Paris, a few days before the IFA consumer electronics show of Berlin, at which I plan to film all the videos of the best products shown which I will release here and on my other site http://ARMdevices.net from September 3-8th, so subscribe to the RSS.

You can discuss this product in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?p=244478#p244478

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Archos A28 Minidroid leaked by the FCC

Posted by Charbax on 17th August 2010

Those FCC guys are nice, they keep leaking every new Archos device even though they have been asked to keep the informations confidential.

Here is the new, cheapest Android 2.2 ARM Cortex A8 45nm device in the world! Probably to be launched at around $99, with WiFi b/g/n:

This is the Archos A28 Minidroid, comes with 2.8″ QVGA 320×240 screen, support for Android 2.2 and runs on 800mhz ARM Cortex A8 at 45nm OMAP3630 by Texas Instruments. The price is likely to be lower than the recently leaked $149 Archos 32, thus the price is possibly going to be announced for $99 for the lowest 8GB capacity version!

As with every previous Archos Android Tablets, the Google Marketplace will for sure work just fine on this device. If it doesn’t come pre-installed on the device (because Google wouldn’t yet allow it to come pre-installed), there will most likely be an .apk that anyone can find on the Internet that takes 1 minute to install the full Google Marketplace with all the Google Apps on this device.

Consider its positioning on the market:
Archos A28 Minidroid (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen = $99
Archos A32 Minidroid (8GB), 3.2″ WQVGA touch screen = $149
Apple iPod Nano (8GB), 2″ QVGA non-touch screen = $149
Apple iPod Touch (8GB), 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touch screen = $199
Samsung YP-MB2 (8GB), 4″ WVGA capacitive touch screen Super AMOLED = $249
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone = $299
HTC Tatoo (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone = $299
Acer beTouch E110 (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone = $299
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone = $339
HTC Wildfire (8GB), 3.2″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone = $349
Samsung Galaxy S (8GB), 4″ WVGA capacitive touch screen Super AMOLED, with 3G/phone = $649
Apple iPhone 4 (16GB), 3.5″ Quad-HVGA capacitive touch screen, with 3G/phone = $760
Announced products, no pricing yet:
Acer beTouch E120 (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone
Acer beTouch E130 (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone
Dell Smoke (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone
T-Mobile Pulse Mini (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone
ZTE Smooth (8GB), 2.8″ QVGA touch screen, with 3G/phone

You can discuss this new product in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=36412

Source: fcc.gov
Found via: wirelessgoodness.com

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Thanks FCC, Archos 32 pictures are out

Posted by Charbax on 10th August 2010

Wow, check this out, this is the new cheapest Android ARM Cortex A8 device in the world. Archos Gen8 has hardware buttons for Android Menu, Home, Back and Search/OK functions!

Here are more pictures showing the hardware buttons and design of this new awesome $149 ARM Cortex A8 45nm based Android device. Consider, this is Android 2.2 experience with OpenGL acceleration starting below $149 without the need to signup for 2 year contracts with any carrier. 3G access can be had using Mifi or through Bluetooth tethering.

It has a volume rocker and some power/charging LED or buttons:

The headphones jack (which doubles as composite video output with the right cable), microphone emplacement (or input), another power button or LED and the mini-USB or micro-USB connector:

The user interface of Android on this $149 device is similar to the previous generation Archos 5 Internet Tablet, but consider that Archos is preparing Android 2.1 firmware upgradable to Android 2.2 for this device. See that the Archos Media Center features which allow full video and audio codecs playback is provided through the Archos Media Center Widget at the bottom of the Android user interface. The multimedia part available as the AMC widget is the core of Archos customization of the Android user interface.

The back seems to be easily openable, which may or may not provide access to an eventual MicroSD card slot that may or may not be present there on the back of the device, to be confirmed. It may just be the opening for the volume rocker buttons. Otherwise while $149 would be the price of the 8GB built-in storage version, I think it would be fair to estimate that for $199 one could get the 32GB version of this device.

You can discuss these pictures in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=36255

Source: fcc.gov
Found via: liliputing.com

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First of Gen8 leaks: Archos 32 8GB, $149 Android 2.2 device, 3.2″ 400×240 screen

Posted by Charbax on 3rd August 2010

Archos is preparing the Generation 8 of Android devices, to be released probably in or before September and October, the date is approaching and now it seems a US retail store in JR.com has leaked some of the informations about one of the first of the Archos Gen8 devices. This is one of the cheap ones, as we knew from official informations by Archos press release on the Gen8 it is going to be:

The five new ARCHOS Android Tablets will feature touchscreens ranging from 2.8’’ to 10’’ in width with resolutions including QVGA (240 x 320) with LDPI density, FWVGA (854×480) with HDPI density, WVGA (800×480) with MDPI density and up to the maximum WSVGA (1024×600) with MDPI density.

This new leaked Archos Gen8 is the: Archos 32 8GB

It is leaked by JR.com to be sold in the USA for: $149

Screen size and resolution: 3.2″ 400×240 touch screen

Video and audio playback support, very interesting specs for Gen8, consider this is a 800mhz ARM Cortex A8 processor, very likely the Texas Instruments OMAP3630 or OMAP3640 processor, there are going to be 1ghz skews of this too.

Video playback: MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p, 24fps@12Mbps) / MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 24fps@12Mbps) / H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 24fps@7Mbps) / WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 24fps@10Mbps) / MJPG (Motion JPEG) in VGA resolution (With Optional plug-in: Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30fps@15Mbps) / With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV
Audio Playback: MP3 CBR & VBR / WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1 / WAV (PCM/ADPCM) / AAC, AAC+ 5.13 / OGG Vorbis / FLAC (With optional Software plug-in: AC3 5.1)

My guess, the specs for 30fps video are probably the same, I don’t know why they are reporting on 24fps video playback support when most online videos are in 30fps frame rates. Archos has previously reported on 24fps support while 30fps videos have always worked just perfectly fine, so this is to be seen.

Very importantly: H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 24fps@7Mbps)

What will truly be the bitrate limitation for MKV h264 high profile 720p videos? Hopefully most of the movies and TV shows found in this format will playback.

Video Recording & picture taking: Camcorder: records in MPEG-4 (.avi) and in VGA resolution (640×480) / Camera: JPG in VGA resolution

It includes USB 2.0 host, composite video output, microphone, accelerometer, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Size and weight interestingly:

Dimensions: 4.13 x 2.16 x 0.35 in.
Weight: 2.54 oz.

This is a very compact, very light and very cheap Android device!!

Consider as well, Archos may be making an even cheaper 2.8″ QVGA one, maybe as cheap as their announced $99 price!! And they likely have larger devices with 4 point something inches (probably 4.8″), 7″ and 10″ ones in preparation as well. This is all based on what Archos has officially announced in previous press releases and based on rumors.

Google Marketplace will very likely work just fine on this device. Though, just as for Archos previous Android tablets, Google Marketplace may have to be installed manually by the user, likely through finding a GoogleMarketplace.apk file, transfer it to the device and install it by just clicking on it from the file manager. It takes 1 minute, but of course it would be better if Google Marketplace would be pre-installed. That may only happen the day Google officially announces the support for Android on Tablets. With upcoming releases of Android tablets by larger manufacturers such as Dell and Samsung, this should be close to happening.

This is positioned kind of like the recently released Archos 3cam 8GB ($99) but with Android, for $50 more:

Archos 3cam 8GB = $99
iPod Nano 8GB = $149
Archos 32 8GB = $149
iPod Touch 8GB = $199
Samsung YP-MB2 = $249

Arguments compared to Apple: for the same price as the iPod Nano, you can get this new Android powered Archos device with a larger screen (not far from iPod Touch, 3.2″ 400×240 vs 3.5″ 480×320). As opposed to the Apple iPod Touch, this one comes with full video and audio codecs support and no need to use iTunes to synchronize files, it is recognized just like a USB stick on any Windows/Mac/Linux computer for transferring files. It’s 72 grams in weight compared to iPod Touch 115 grams.

This may well be the cheapest Android device on the market yet! Consider it a bit like an Android smart phone, with WiFi but without 3G (you can use Mifi or Bluetooth tethering), you may even be able to use it as an excellent VOIP Android phone on Skype, SIP maybe even Google Voice. It comes with much better codecs and multimedia support than most existing Android super phones by HTC/Motorola/Samsung/Sony Ericsson/Huawei/Dell, and most importantly, consider this is much cheaper unlocked Android device than buying one of those phones often for over $500 unlocked or only with a $2500 2 year contract! Archos is providing you unlocked and very affordable Android experiences!

Remember also, this is only the very beginning of a small partial leak of the first of several devices that are the Archos Generation 8 line of new Android devices. We expect at least 5 devices, maybe as many as 8 new Archos Android devices to be announced/released by Archos in the weeks to come!! From 2.8″ to 10″, from $100 to $350! We can’t wait for more official informations about these upcoming devices, subscribe to this blog for all the latest videos and infos about these upcoming devices.

You can discuss about this in the forum http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=36071

Source: http://www.jr.com/archos/pe/AHS_501570/
Found via: http://www.archoslounge.net/Scoop-Archos-32-premier-baladeur-Gen8,9478.html

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