Category: Tablets

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Pricing and availability on Archos 7 Internet Tablet (8GB) leaked

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2010

If the leaked pricing rumor of £149 for the Archos 7 Internet Tablet is correct, this may mean that it will be sold for only $199 in the USA. Consider that European retail pricing always includes around 20% VAT taxes which are not included in US retail pricing.

In September 2009, Archos did announce that they would upgrade to 1ghz processors, thus I expect it may be the new Texas Instruments OMAP3640 that is a 45nm process or a 1ghz version of the current OMAP3440 processor.

Archos 7 Internet Tablet (8GB)

The cheaper $199 Archos 7 Internet Tablet, means the Archos 5 Internet Tablet will probably also be available $50 to $100 cheaper. It is currently sold at $249 at Radio Shack. Thus by March, pricing for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (8GB) may be lowered to around $179 (I am speculating here).

Archos 7 Internet Tablet (8GB) specifications

It'd be really nice to see Archos come during the next few months with more screen sizes from 4.3", 4.8", 7", 8.9" and even 10.1" Android Tablets. I speculate on what the overall pricing of those may be in this post: http://archosfans.com/2010/01/29/my-recommendations-on-archos-cheap-android-tablet-revolution/

Most importantly, if full Google Marketplace can officially be supported on larger screened Android Tablets, and if all bugs are fixed soon for very stable full Android and VOIP usage, I think this positions Archos and the whole Android Tablet segment as a really good value alternative to the $499-$829 Apple iPad.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet competition from Dell in Dell Mini 5

Posted by Charbax – January 29, 2010

I provided Michael Arrington founder of TechCrunch with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet at the LeWeb conference in Paris last December, when I convinced Paris-based Archos to provide review units to some of the most influential bloggers at that conference.

Yet, so far it doesn't seem Michael Arrington has wanted to post any review or any of his impressions of the product on any of his sites.

He did make a video of Michael Dell using a Dell Mini 5 competitor at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland:

It would be interesting to hear if it uses a capacitative 4.8" touch screen, what the price might be, which version of Android it might use and if Google allows for the full Google Marketplace to be included.

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Apple A4 may be an ARM Cortex A9 processor

Posted by Charbax – January 28, 2010

Engadget.com is speculating that the new processor in the new Apple iPad is an ARM Cortex A9 processor at 1ghz. Which could explain how Apple can claim it to have very fast web browsing, Youtube HD playback and games support.

How soon until we see Apple iPhones, iPod Touches and Laptop form factors using this new faster ARM Powered processor? Will Apple also support Flash 10.1 contents on its new processor? Did Apple customize the Youtube HD application?

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Tim Sweeney talks about Unreal Engine on ARM Powered devices

Posted by Charbax – January 25, 2010

Tim Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games, he is in charge of the Unreal Tournament, Gears of War and plenty more very famous game franchises. But not only does his company make games, Epic makes the most famous and most popular 3D game engines on which hundreds of other games all over the industry are based on.

Now the Unreal engine is being launched for the Nvidia Tegra2 processor and has been showcased to run on other OpenGL ES based ARM Powered devices like the ipod touch.

In this interview, I ask when we will see Android devices with support for the Unreal Engine, and how many games does he think will work on all these ARM Powered devices that have the advanced 3D acceleration built-in.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 hit the FCC

Posted by Charbax – January 21, 2010

Wow, so HP is likely going to be pushing the awesome looking Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Android laptop on 3G networks! See my previously posted video of it:

Source: engadget.com

See more videos of this product from CES:

Netbooknews.com's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIm5BQhvhgk

JKKmobile.com's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5RdVAEXqCc

Liliputing.com's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o3T5w9NDvA

HP's official CES video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXMl0XISYnY

Andy Clipsham, Product Manager on the HP Android Smartbook, unveils it at the Qualcomm keynote at CES 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSvGhXa6RdY

Google Marketplace on Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android using hack on Firmware 1.7.33 (and all newer ones)

Posted by Charbax – January 21, 2010

Here is a video that shows you how easy it now is to install the full Google Marketplace experience on a Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android with the new firmware 1.7.33 that integrates a whole bunch of the Android 1.6 software features from Google that optimize everything better for Archos's larger screen:

Discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=29833&p=195177#p195177

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NetbookNews.com: Yi Fang M5 at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 21, 2010

Yi Fang M5 is a 4.8" Android tablet based on a ARM9 Rockchip processor. Comes with webcam, MicroSD, announced price for distributors is $128:

Posted by NetbookNews.com, found via android-france.fr

4.8″ WVGA should be the sweet spot for more pocketable devices

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2010

As you would know from checking out my other fansite http://archosfans.com I am a fan of the 4.8" 800x480 resolution screens. I just wonder why we still haven't seen any so called "smart phone" with such screen size and pixel densities. I posted this opinion at crunchgear:

5″ is about the perfect sized screen at WVGA resolution because it fits in mostly all pockets and provides enough resolution with large enough pixels to provide near full PC-like web browsing and movie watching experience. I also think that it can provide near desktop-like applications experiences.

Normally, even with a kick-stand like on the Archos, you will hold the 5″ Tablet at about half arms length from your eyes, while the laptop screen usually is nearly at twice the distance from your eyes down on your lap or on a table further away (also because you have the keyboard and mouse pad).

So basically, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet pretty much provides you 75% the full resolution experience of web browsing on a Laptop and 75% the experience of watching a movie on a laptop. In terms of number of visible and reachable pixels per degree of angle of vision.

While the iphone only provides you with 33% the resolution/experience in both browsing and video watching compared to a laptop. That is why most of the actual use of iphones and other similar sized smart phones are mostly for actually only doing phone calls and playing music and running random low definition apps (with few buttons and little screen size to actually use).

You may count screen size difference between 3.5″ and 4.8″ as “only” 1.3″ difference. Another way to compare screen sizes is the mathematical way, which is to say the truth that Archos 4.8″ screen is 2x the surface area of the iphone screen. Basically it is really a huge difference.

Archos 5 next to the iphone

Archos 5 next to the iphone

And I just don’t think it is right to say that 4.8″ screened devices don’t fit in most people’s pockets. Wallets and Passports are all larger than 4.8″ in diagonal and they are designed to be transported in pockets all over the world. Walking around with business card sized LCD screens is just not good enough in my opinion if you really care to take the Web and Video with you everywhere.

Pegatron Neo Android Laptop at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2010

A cool looking Tegra2 powered Android laptop.

Asus Tegra2 Powered Tablet at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2010

Asus is showing a mockup of a Tegra2 powered tablet. It did seem to be the one with the least screen bezel but it was not demonstrated with a functioning user interface. this may be a clue that Asus is working on an ARM Powered Android or Chromium OS based devices? Is this the Asus EeePad?