Category: PMPs

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Archos Vision A43VB

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2010

Here's a 4.3" Archos PMP, it will playback most video formats and be sold for only 99€ in Europe. This may be one of the cheapest 4.3" touch screen PMP devices on the European and US market.

Exclusive video: Archos 7 Home Tablet released for $179

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2010

Check out my exclusive video of the Archos 7 Home Tablet that will be released in April/May for $179 in the USA and 149€ in Europe:

It is powered by a 600mhz Rockchip 2808 processor, does web browsing pretty well (for an ARM9 processor) and plays all video codecs at up to 720p video playback (at up to limited 2500kbit/s bitrates for 720p).

For now, this Archos 7 Home Tablet is being released this next month or by May already and at this amazingly low $179 price for the 2GB version with MicroSD card slot. There will also be a 8GB version and maybe larger capacities for slightly more expensive. It also has a mini-jack to composite video-output using the headphones jack and micro-USB to USB host features built-in. The built-in stereo speakers are very decent for movie watching and the 7" 800x480 resistive touch-screen is just very fine and does allow for fast text input.

Archos is still working on the Android software optimizations, it comes with special video player, audio player and file explorer applications by default. My guess is that the Google Marketplace could be hacked to work onto it by the open development community at http://forum.archosfans.com

Also, my expectation is that Google will release an Android 2.2 or so version which will provide the full Google Marketplace experience on all large screen Android Tablets and even on Android Laptop form factors and also to provide such for lower cost platforms than the latest ARM Cortex based ones. See my interview with Andy Rubin and Eric Schmidt about those speculations: http://armdevices.net/2010/02/22/i-interviewed-eric-schmidt-and-andy-rubin-at-mwc-off-camera-for-now-watch-eric-schmidts-keynote-video/

Here are some pictures of this device (click to see full sized version on Picasa):
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You can discuss this video at http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=31278

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Texas Instruments talks about Archos at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2010

Ameet Suri, Strategic Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments, explains some of how Texas Instruments is working with French company Archos on powering the awesome Archos 5 Internet Tablet series running Android, what kind of work goes into it, he tells a bit about how TI supports Archos and how Archos innovates in the industry.

Full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Archos and have been for years and I also run the biggest Archos forum community at http://forum.archosfans.com

Marvell Armada 610 powers Android Tablet reference design

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2010

Greg Stearman from Marvell showcases the amazing new Armada 610 processor from Marvell in a prototype reference design tablet that can run Windows Mobile or Android OS and which can playback 1080p video and render 3D graphics at the same time. Amazing stuff right here.

Freescale at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2010

Steve Sperle, head of Consumer Segment Marketing at Freescale, shows us an overview of the product demonstrated at their Suite several new tablet, e-reader, laptops, smartbooks and interactive display implementations of their i.MX515 ARM based processor technology.

Nvidia Tegra 2 press conference at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2010

Absolutely one of the most awesome press conferences of this year's CES so far, with Nvidia co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang talking about the huge ambition that Nvidia has with being the worlds first company to introduce ARM Cortex A9 technology with very powerful graphics hardware acceleration for Android Laptops and Tablets and many other devices.

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HOTT 5-inch HD H264 PMP for $70

Posted by Charbax – September 6, 2009

Hongtiantai(H.K)Co.,Limited presents the HOTT MV998 PMP which has a 4.8" Glossy WVGA 800x480 screen starting with 4GB internal storage and MicroSD expansion slot for just $70 when bought in large quantities by resellers and distributors.

Sony NWZ-X1050 and full Sony booth-tour

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

Scroll forward to 4min in the video for a review of the Sony NWZ-X1050 oled walkman. Sony is going to sell only 1000 pieces on the German market, probably it's because the oled screen is hard and complicated to manufacture at this moment.

Sony has a pretty huge impressive booth, kind of like typical for Sony. They must be spending millions of euros on this interior design thing, unless they re-use lights and stuff at each conference. Anyways, the Sony hall is big and fun.

Odys Multi TV700 Move

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

A good looking 7" portable DVB-T player, that also supports to record DVB-T video on an SD card as well as play Mpeg2 format videos and Jpeg photos.

AllGo Embedded Systems Android PMP

Posted by Charbax – June 7, 2009

AllGo Embedded Systems develops Android for PMPs using Freescale i.MX37 processor. AllGo optimizes Android use on low cost PMP devices including support for WiFi and DVD resolution video playback.