Posted by Charbax on August 3rd, 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.
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