Category: Archos

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Archos PicoWAN to cover the world with cheap bandwidth for IoT

Posted by Charbax – October 7, 2015

Archos unveils their plan to cover the world with cheap bandwidth for the Internet of Things using PicoWAN, Archos's new ultra-low-cost long range IoT bandwidth adapter. People will get them for free by June 2016, to install in their own homes, and each PicoWAN has up to kilometers of range bandwidth for IoT devices into every neighborhood, worldwide. Archos estimates that 200 thousand of these units can cover the whole of Europe with connectivity for IoT.

- Is it on unlicensed 700mhz TV white spaces?

- Is there not enough bandwidth to also support a worldwide free broadband network for Smartphones and Tablets too?

- This is the future! I video-blogged FON wifi enthusiastically in last 10 years and their lack of range has been disappointing. As FON, anyone sharing bandwidth from their home should not only share 50% in revenue but also they should roam the world for free.

I possibly think it would be better for Archos PicoWAN to somehow provide free connectivity for everyone, free connectivity for every IoT device around the world, yet each device should be registered so they cannot use up all available bandwidth, some kind of throttling maybe is required within PicoWAN. Unlocking extra bandwidth should be possible for devices that need more bandwidth, but only if the bandwidth is available.

You can read more in Archos press release

Archos 50 Diamond Lollipop on Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53

Posted by Charbax – January 13, 2015

At $199/199€ with 5" FHD, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 which Archos says is about 25% more performance than an Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 smartphone. It has LTE dual-sim, NFC, MicroSD, 2GB RAM, removable 2700mAh battery. Archos also shows their 69€ Windows Phone, 119€ MT6582 Archos 50b Platinum, Archos 101 Oxygen with FHD 10.1" aluminium casing on RK3288 with 7000mAh at 199€. Archos 101 Platinum 10.1" HD and their 7" Windows Intel Tablet at 119€.

Archos ArcBook RK3168 $169 Android Laptop 10.1″ 1024×600, 9-hour battery life

Posted by Charbax – May 13, 2014

Google Play certified Laptop from Archos, with the ultra low power consumption Rockchip RK3168 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1GB RAM, 10.1" 1024x600 touch screen display, possibly an excellent keyboard and mousepad, priced at only $169 in retail, here's the Archos ArcBook:

Archos ArcBook

$199€ Archos 50c Oxygen, Octa-core MT6592 5″ FHD

Posted by Charbax – April 5, 2014

Archos 50c Oxygen is an octa-core MT6592 5" FHD phone.

Archos 64 Xenon, 6.4″ 720p MT6582 $199€

Posted by Charbax – March 21, 2014

6.4-inch HD IPS screen (1280 x 720), the unlocked ARCHOS 64 Xenon phablet uses the MT6582 Quad-Core CPU for released available for under $200.

110€ Archos 40B Titanium, MT6572 4″ IPS dual frontal speakers

Posted by Charbax – February 26, 2014

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:

Archos Touchscreen E Ink Smartwatch

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2014

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.

$49 Archos Smartwatch, $99 with LCD and $129 with E Ink

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2014

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 50 Helium, 5″ 720p 4G LTE MSM8926 for $249, 45 Helium 4.5″ FWVGA for $199

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2014

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" 854x480 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 Smart Home, Connected Home and Connected Self Smart objects

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2014

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.