Wifi, stylus touch screen input, 6" e-reader by http://hanvon.com they may be releasing this with China Mobile with a cellular modem option instead of WiFi for the Chinese market. It comes with a very basic user interface and uses wireless modem or WiFi to access specific e-book stores to download the e-books. The stylus pen can be used for the interfaces as well as for writing annotations, inputting text and more.
Archos is releasing a whole bunch of new cheap Mp3 and Mp4 players at the CeBIT 2010 consumer electronics show. Here is an overview of most of the new ones. It enables Archos to position itself as a low-cost provider of Mp3 players, with really good affordable value for retailers and to position the Archos brand broader on the market, interest people in then also checking out Archos higher end Android devices.
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.
While I still have a few videos to still upload and post from my Mobile World Congress 2010 coverage, I am just about to start filming 50 videos at the CeBIT consumer electronics show in Hannover Germany which goes from 2nd to 6th of March, so subscribe to the RSS feed, check back here at http://ARMdevices.net these next few days.
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- Engadget is live from CeBIT 2010! (engadget.com)
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):
You can discuss this video at http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=31278
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Hanvon shows a 5" touchscreen E-Ink E-Book reader device. The size of the screen I think could be perfect for the device to be pocketable, if they can just remove all the unecessary screen bezel before the release of this product. The touchscreen feature using the special stylus has also a huge potential in terms of building software features for it once the device is connected to the Internet using WiFi or HSDPA, to enable readers to collaborate online on editing texts, on commenting and building communities of handwritten annotations around texts. A USB or Bluetooth keyboard could then be connected to enter typed annotations as well.