Archos Platinum 8″, 9.7″ Retina, first Allwinner A31 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, 40% cheaper than Apple
Archos launches new tablets on the all-new Allwinner A31 processor platform, which is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with SGX544 GPU. The price is $199 for 8" 1024x768 (40% cheaper than iPad Mini), $299 for 9.7" Retina (40% cheaper than the iPad4).
Craig Terblanche of Archos USA shows us the new Archos Titanium range of tablets based on the dual-core Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali-400MP4, on Android 4.1, all Google Certified, 8GB Flash and 1GB RAM, IPS screens, aluminum chassis in thin and light form factors, white color, 7" 1024x600 $119 (40% cheaper than Nexus7 and Kindle Fire HD), 8" 1024x768 $169 (50% cheaper than iPad Mini), 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina $249 (50% cheaper than iPad 4), 10.1" 1280x800 $199 (50% cheaper than Nexus10).
Phil Geldard of Archos shows and talks about the release of the Archos Gamepad on the US market, scheduled to happen in February 2013 at the price of $169 MSRP. Archos has been trying to ramp up mass manufacturing to be able to deliver to supply the huge demand worldwide that there is for this really cool product. When Archos started selling the device in Europe before Christmas, they sold out of all of their European stock in 4 hours after making it available on their website. Archos hasn't experienced such strong demand for a product since they launched their Gen8 Donut/Eclair/Froyo Cortex-A8 Android tablets in 2010. I know I'll be playing all my favorite N64 games on this device in the months to come, as well as any really cool new Android games that I may find.
This is the coolest Android tablet for gaming, Archos releases it imminently in Europe for 149€, US availability to be confirmed. Here I'm demonstrating some of the latest advanced Android games called Dead Trigger, Rip Tide and a couple other.
Archos launches this new cool 8" 1024x768 Tablet on Rockchip RK3066, super slim and light design, for $199 without the $49 Keyboard Coverboard dock.
Here's Archos new cheaper 8" Rockchip RK3066 1024x768 4:3 tablet with smooth Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, thus being released by Archos in January for $149/149€. Consider that european prices always include about 20% VAT taxes which are never included in US dollar prices thus $1 = 1€.
Archos updates the firmware (in the next few days) on their latest high-end $299/299€ Archos 101 XS Tablet to 4.1 Jelly Bean, fully using hardware acceleration, integrating Google's Project Butter, now with Google Now support, Archos also has upgraded some of the web-based meta-data functionalities in their Video Player application, it automatically detects videos that need meta data, posters and fan arts loaded in so that you can have a more interesting way to browse through your movies and tv shows library. This video also features the $49 Keyboard Coverboard Dock and the new $149/149€ dual-25W stereo Archos Speaker Dock.
The Nintendo games are the best in the world. That is why I'm most excited about playing those on the Archos Gamepad and it's awesome that most games seem smooth. Although I think the N64 game emulation on Android is still a work in progress. Here I show a bit of Super Mario 64, Wave Race, Wipeout 64, Diddy Kong Racing and also showing that Archos's button mapping works fine for Angry Birds.
Playing videogames is the top activity that consumers do on tablets. So Archos is releasing this awesome thin, light and very well prices $149 Archos Gamepad. It's got a 7" 1024x600 capacitive touch screen but more importantly for gaming, it's got game controller buttons on each side of the screen. This device runs on the Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with the quad-core Mali-400MP4 GPU. Thus gameplay support is quite decent, especially considering the $149 retail price of this device. Archos software engineers implement a very innovative mapping software layer solution on top of Android, to map the hardware controls to touch-screen input. Thus a large portion of existing touch-screen optimized games are thus very well playable like this. As a transition until all Android games become fully optimized for normal gamepad input. Not only as portable Android gameplayers come with buttons, but for the Android home consoles, HDMI sticks, Set-top-boxes, Google TV and more, all suggesting that Android is about to become by far the biggest video games platform in the world. In this video, I showcase one N64 emulator that I could find on the Google Play Store, though N64 and Dreamcast emulation is still a work in progress, as many more consumers start getting access to these types of Android gaming devices, hopefully it'll encourage more game developers to improve emulators and new games support on the platform. There isn't specifically need for game developers to specifically target the RK3066 and this device, since as I understand a lot of the hardware acceleration happens through standards based Open GL ES 2.0, but for sure as more gamers and developers start using these devices, the optimization level of gaming can reach perfection, or at least a very satisfactory and impressive level at that price.
Archos is launching two more sizes for their Generation 10 Android Tablet series, including the $199 Archos 80 XS and the $299 Archos 97 XS, each with the optional $49 Archos Coverboard Keyboard Dock. I've been using my Archos 101 XS every day during these past 45 days, replacing my broken $1000 Intel Ultrabook for all of my on-the-go productivity and 10.1" Tablet usage. It's much thinner and lighter than an Intel laptop, the thin and light keyboard dock ads productivity to the already very awesome OMAP4470 tablet. The same priced $299 Archos 97 XS runs on the same OMAP4470 and the $199 Archos 80 XS runs on the Rockchip RK3066 processor to achieve thus a Nexus7-like price point with its own awesome thin and light magnetic Keyboard dock.