Google Play certified Laptop from Archos, with the ultra low power consumption Rockchip RK3168 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1GB RAM, 10.1″ 1024×600 touch screen display, possibly an excellent keyboard and mousepad, priced at only $169 in retail, here’s the Archos ArcBook: http://www.archos.com/us/products/themed/arcbook/index.html
Archos presents their entry-level music enthusiasts phone, powered by the Mediatek MT6572 dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor. 4-inch IPS display with a 800x480pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1400mAh battery. This phone is released now for 110€ in Europe. You can find out more about it here: http://www.archos.com/gb/products/smartphones/titanium/archos_40btitanium/index.html
This summer, Archos will release this Touchscreen E Ink Smartwatch, running an E Ink optimized UI to display your smart notifications through the upcoming Archos Smartwatch App for Bluetooth 4/3 Smartphones on Android and iOS. Sunlight readability, always-on and battery life should be great. Archos also will release their non-touch E Ink Smartwatch for $129 a couple or so months before this one.
After showing how the Smart Home is going to be done by the industry, Archos introduces simple and cheap smartwatch systems, all are Bluetooth and the basic idea is you pair it with your Android or iOS phone, you install the Archos Smartwatch management app on your phone to select which notifications you want to vibrate and alert you on your Smartwatch. That’s nearly about it. The E Ink and memory LCD units last for 1-2 weeks on a battery while the touchscreen backlit LCD unit lasts 2-3 days on its battery. They charge with a dock which you can have next to your bed. The idea is for the Smartwatch to be a companion to your big-ass phone in your pocket, thus mainly everything is about Archos Smartwatches putting Smart notifications on your wrist.
Archos presents sub-$200 4G LTE phones, running on the new Qualcomm MSM8926 with 150mbitps LTE support, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 coming, the display is 5″ 1280x720p for the $249/229€ Archos 50 Helium and 4.5″ 854×480 on the $199/199€ Archos 45 Helium. Both to be released next month. This is attractive in countries where you can get 4G contracts at sub $20/20€ per month, and even have those sometimes included for free on the ISP home broadband contract, people doing pre-paid instead of 2-year contracts want cheap affordable phones like these to include LTE, and Archos sells some for as low as $99/99€ with their 3G-only MT6572 based Archos 40 Titanium.
Archos releases a full range of Smart Home Bluetooth 4.0 low energy sensors, cameras, fitness band, scale, blood pressure monitor, movement sensor, temperature meters, GPS/3G tracker (for dogs, cars, bicycles etc), and a bunch more. Archos designed a special 7″ Tablet with modified Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize seamlessly with up to 30 devices at the same time (while the normal Bluetooth 4 spec limits devices to connect to 4 devices). Archos is going to sell their range of Smart Home and Smart Self devices in batches, and where users will be able to buy separate pieces as they wish, buy extra smart plugs, buy extra sensors, cameras, etc as you need more, at prices from around $20 retail per device. Flat batteries last about a couple of years in each of these devices, they don’t need to be connected, they all work wirelessly. Archos also presents their really cool Android and iOS app that enables users to program their smart home, selecting conditions, programs, things you want your smart home to do automatically. For example send you a picture to your phone when there is movement in your home, turn off lights when you exit the room, wake you up earlier if the weather is really bad. Archos kind of invented the ARM Powered Tablet, introducing it (on my initial video-blog posting) in 2004 running Qtopia Linux. Then copied by Android and everyone. Archos also introduced the 7″ Tablet in 2006, years before the Nexus 7, Archos was the initial Android tablet maker since 2009, this is now Archos showing the industry what is next.
Archos releases the Archos Gamepad 2 ($199/179€ MSRP) on Rockchip RK3188 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 28nm HKMG 1.6Ghz, with 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB Flash storage (perhaps more storage options to be available for people who want to store many Android games on built-in Flash storage and not on MicroSD?), 1280×800 super high quality IPS display, new improved Gamepad buttons, new improved design compared to Archos Gamepad from last year (2, 3, 4), 5000mAh battery for long enough battery life, Mini-HDMI output, USB host/slave, Bluetooth (nice for controllers too when connected to HDTV). Basically this is better than a portable open Ouya. The future of Android gaming is nice. If I do get the chance to test the device for a bit, let me know what I should test on it. Should I test certain emulator performance such as N64? Dreamcast? Which games?