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Archos Vision A30VC, A24VB, A18VB, A15VS and A14VG series of products at CeBIT 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2010

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.

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.

I will film 50 videos at CeBIT 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2010

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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HTC Desire, HTC Legend and HTC HD2 Mini at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2010

These are the latest HTC smart phones shown at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona. This video shows how the HTC Legend is an improvement on every aspect compared to the HTC Hero and offers some talk and explanations for HTC Sense UI, and the HTC desire compared with the Google Nexus One.

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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Capacitive 6″ e-reader prototype by Sagem Wireless at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – February 27, 2010

This is the first 6" e-reader with a capacitive touch screen, it enables it to be much more compact than the Kindle as text input can be done on the touch screen. Although this is an early prototype demonstrated by Sagem Wireless at Mobile World Congress. The feature of using a capacitive touch screen on the e-reader does not remove from the readability of the screen and allows for finger touch screen input through the interfaces. A capacitive stylus input may also be supported. This device will include 3G and WiFi wireless data modems.

Here's a picture showing the size of it next to the Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android at 4.8" and the PocketBook 360 5" e-reader:

Qualcomm’s Next Generation 7X30 Smartphone Platform

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2010

The 7X30 is Qualcomm's next generation Snapdragon processor to come in some of the next generation of Qualcomm powered Smart Phones later this year. This is what the Nexus Two or HTC HD3 may look like. This video features demonstrations of the improved video playback, built-in HDMI output, improved 3D acceleration and even more advanced animated and 3D Android user interfaces.

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Texas Instruments 65nm OMAP3430 vs 45nm OMAP3630

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2010

Atul Aggarwal, Director of Product Marketing at Texas Instruments, explains the performance difference between the OMAP3430 and OMAP3630 series of processors at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona.

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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

The sub-$200 unsubsidized Android phones are coming

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2010

Here's a very interesting article talking about all the cheaper Android smart phones that are coming very soon and that might even already have arrived in China: http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/02/22/htc-smart-face-new-mass-market-smartphone.htm

Marvell, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments and carriers Orange, Telefonica O2, KPN in the Netherlands, Telecom Italia in Italy and Netcom in Norway are all talking about wanting to sell cheaper pre-paid only unsubsidized Android phones to consumers in Europe according to this article.

chipmakers are rising to the challenge - Marvell showed off a chipset to enable a sub-$99 smartphone; Texas Instruments discussed a cutdown implementation of its OMAP3 application processor for midrange handsets or new device formats like e-readers; and ST-Ericsson pinned its growth hopes on 'smartphones for all'.

Alcatel Mobile Phones introduced its first Android phone, the OT-980, at Mobile World Congress. It sports a touchscreen, vertical slider Qwerty keyboard, Wi-Fi and HSDPA and will ship in June at an unsubsidized price point of below €200.

Unlike most Alcatel phones, which are targeted at developing economies, this will be marketed mainly in Europe, with the UK, France, Spain and Italy the prime markets because the firm believes the Alcatel brand is strong there. Alcatel Mobile Phones is owned by TCT Mobile of China, which acquired the business from what is now Alcatel-Lucent several years ago but kept rights to the brand. Like other Chinese players like ZTE and Huawei, it aims to use affordable smartphones as the route to gain a presence outside developing markets.

Source: http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/02/22/htc-smart-face-new-mass-market-smartphone.htm

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