Internet Tablet

The Shack Selling the Archos 5 Internet Tablet 8GB for $249.99

Last time we heard something about the Archos 5 MID, someone had done a hack to gain access to the Android Market to get Google Apps like GMail, Talk, Maps, and more. And now pocketables has found it at RadioShack, it's been sold for $249.99. Apparently, the Archos 5 is an exclusive at The Shack for now, and they are offering it as "a media and GPS solution." According to their website, you can "access the Internet, media and TV with the customizable Archos 5 Internet tablet. It has a modifiable interface that you can personalize with applications that reflect your taste and needs. And, it will help you get around with a built-in GPS device with maps of cities in 3D." You can watch digital TV, record programs and make scheduled recordings, just like a personal DVR, which some people call PVRs actually. There's also a way to get recorded shows on larger TVs via an HDMI connection. And of course you can also use it to surf the Web with WiFi or 3.5G technology.

Archos Phone Tablet upcoming Android smartphone/PMP hybrid

The Archos 5 PMP was undoubtedly the star of the French company's launch event yesterday, but they couldn't help but tease with another new device.  The Archos Phone Tablet is, as the name suggests, a PMP/cellphone hybrid; in this case, it runs Android on a 1GHz ARM Cortex CPU, with integrated 3.5G for voice and data access. According to the scant information Archos gave us, the Phone Tablet will have a smaller display than the Archos 5 - 4.3-inches versus 4.8-inches - but a slightly higher resolution of 854 x 480.  It will measure just 10mm thick, and we were also shown an image of the rear of the Phone Tablet that indicated a camera; there also appears to be a front-mounted camera, likely for video calls. We'd also expect to see a fair chunk of flash storage in there - the Archos 5 packs up to 64GB - for media use.  Archos have been close-lipped on when exactly we might expect to see the Phone Tablet arrive, but we'll not argue with another Android-based smartphone.

Archos launch 5 Android Internet Tablet: hands-on video & gallery

It's not all phones running Android; yesterday Archos announced their much-anticipated Android-based PMP, the touchscreen Archos 5 Internet Tablet.  Packing a 4.8-inch resistive touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage or 160GB or 500GB of hard-drive based storage, the Archos 5 has a custom UI designed by the company to sit on top of Android. Both local and streaming network content is supported, and the Archos 5 also has the usual Android web browser for internet access.  Since the PMP lacks integrated 3G, Archos have made it straightforward to tether your cellphone via Bluetooth when there's no WiFi around; you can also use the Bluetooth to hook up a keyboard and mouse, while Archos also offer HDMI docks that will output 720p HD video (and browsing at 1,280 x 720 resolution) on your TV. An optional DVR Dock allows you to record TV or other video directly onto the Archos 5; pricing for the PMP itself ranges from $250 to $440.  For hands-on first-impressions of the Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet check out our SlashGear post. [vms be180185cac7d243c5eb] [gallery]

FCC report tips Archos A5S Android Internet Tablet

Archos' Android-based Internet Tablet has been prematurely revealed, courtesy of the company's FCC report.  The device - which resembles their existing Archos 5 PMP, but uses Google's mobile OS - has been confirmed as the Archos A5S (7501), as well as having an untested sibling device, the A5H (7501). The Archos A5S has WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and both an FM receiver and transmitter, together with a touchscreen and - going by the single image of the device powered on, which you can see in the gallery below - a custom UI on top of the standard Android interface.  While the FCC did not test any integrated 3G connectivity option, the (incomplete) user manual does suggest that at least one model will have it; it's been speculated that this could be the differentiating factor of the Archos A5H. There's also a microSD card slot and microUSB ports.  We're expecting the Archos Android MID to be officially announced on September 15th, hopefully with a price that puts it firmly in the "affordable companion device" category. [gallery] [via SlashGear]

Archos Android 3G PMP/MID announcement June 11th?

Could Archos be planning to announce their Android-based Internet Media Tablet phone on June 11th?  That's the leading interpretation of the company's new press conference invite, which confirms an event in Paris, France in less than a month's time.  While there's no written hint of what Archos may be announcing, the shadowy large-format MID/PMP device pictured on the invite, and the Android-esque vivid green color scheme are suggesting that it's their Android IMT that's on the agenda.  First tipped as in the pipeline back in February, the device is expected to include WiFi, 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, a 5-inch touchscreen and HD support in a chassis just 10mm thick. Archos then went on to tip a July release for the Android-PMP in their financial report, naming the device as one of three core strands of the company's 2H09 sales drive.  TI's OMAP3440 applications processor is expected to run the show, with "laptop-like" performance for HD playback. [via SlashGear & via Pocketables]

Android home-phone & tablet from T-Mobile in 2010

According to the NYT, T-Mobile USA are planning both a home phone and a tablet computer that will run the Android OS.  The former will have a recharging docking station, that handles data synchronization. As for the tablet, that apparently resembles a 7-inch netbook only without the keyboard section.  The touchscreen is used to access internet-based data, such as weather reports, or "managing data across a variety of devices in the home", which makes it sound like an intelligent remote. T-Mobile USA themselves have declined to comment on specific rumors, but spokesperson Peter Dobrow did confirm that the carrier has plans for "several devices" based on the Google open-source platform.  According to the leak source - "confidential documents obtained from one of the company's partners" - the home phone will launch early next year (2010) with the tablet coming shortly after.

GiiNii Movit Mini Internet tablet spotted at CES

GiiNii was at CES this past week with a demonstration of their newest product the Movit Mini.  This sort of Internet tablet has support for Wi-Fi but there is no support for cellular bands. The good thing about this tablet is that it is Android-powered. The Movit Mini comes with a beautiful 4.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. With the aid of a microphone, speaker and webcam you will be able to place Skype calls with the built-in support for Skype. Internally there is 256MB of memory expandable via microSD card slot. Along the side you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack and there is also interface support for Bluetooth 2.0. It sure seems that smaller companies are looking to Android to help boost them into the more mainstream market. The GiiNii Movit Mini will be released to the public about the middle of 2009 for about $149.
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