Archos has big plans for future products and Archos will once again raise the bar for low end devices. These devices will be in the 100-400 dollars product range and will be announced around June. For me the important thing is that these Archos devices will provide a great user experience at a very reasonable price. I think companies like Archos, SmartQ, Viliv, Elocity, MSI, ASUS, Acer, and Viewsonic etc will lead to reasonable pricing from large companies who continue to think that 400-800 dollars is reasonable pricing for something that costs 150-300 dollars to manufacture. So what exactly will these new Archos devices bring? Well good question.
Archos Generation 9 will receive a tweaked ARM Cortex A9 from Texas Instruments, these devices will have the new Ti Omap 4440/4430 clocked at 1.6ghz. Currently the fastest ARM Powered devices are clocked 1.2ghz ARM Cortex A9 and most mainstream devices have a dual core 1ghz processor, however such devices are 600-800 dollars, so this is quite an accomplishment for Archos’ sake. Archos generation 9 devices are 40%-60% faster than most ARM devices. Also these devices are more powerful than many low end computer such as netbooks or Cheap laptops. Imagine how great the multitasking and 3d Gaming experience will be for a mobile device.
Archos will offer 6 form factors, they will range from 5inch to 10inch for their larger device and 3-4.3 inches for their smaller devices. You know what this means a true Archos 5 successor with awesome specs and pricing.
Hew have you ever had the problem where you always have to cover the screen to view whats on your device, well Archos has realized that is problem. Archos will be adopting a new screen technology that is good in direct sunlight as E-Ink. Unlike E-ink the screens have color and much higher refresh rates. According to Archos these devices will have a “Revolutionary” screen. I personally would like to see 1024×600 screens on the 5 and 7 inch devices and 1280×800 on the 10 inch devices. The form factors will probably be something like this 3.2inch, 3.5inch, 4.3inch, 5inch, 7inch, and 10.1inches.
Archos is again using “Revolutionary” to describe something. Archos will be adopting a 3G solution that allows one to attach and remove 3G Modems. I have no comment on this because I don’t buy 3G data.
These devices are looking to be fantastic I will see if I can get one and do a review when they come out.
sources: http://armdevices.net/2011/03/18/archos-gen9-tablets-1-6ghz-dual-core-3g-to-be-announced-in-june/ http://archoslounge.net/Un-ecran-revolutionnaire-pour-la-Gen9.html http://www.arctablet.com/blog/archos-tablet/archos-a35-internet-tablet-released/