Archos' Android-based Phone Tablet was meant to make an appearance at CES 2010 a few months back, and after it failed to show up there we assumed it would be spotted at either MWC 2010 or CeBIT 2010 this week. That doesn't look to be the case, however - Archos have outed their new Home Tablets and a range of PMPs, but no smartphone - and according to French financial paper Les Echoes (quoted by LesMobiles) the device may in fact never launch.
Not, perhaps, as interesting as the company's new Home Tablets, but Archos also have a line of new and updated PMPs to show at CeBIT 2010. The Archos Vision Series ranges from the tiny 24g Vision A14VG, with a video-capable 1.4-inch LCD display, FM radio and 4GB of storage, to the 4.3-inch touchscreen Vision A43VB, with 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 30hr battery and a video-output for playing content on a bigger display.
Video demos after the cut
The Archos 9 PC Tablet - plagued by launch delays and partially scuppered with underperforming components - may not be the star of CeBIT 2010 this week, but according to a talkative employee from the company it's scheduled to get a refresh relatively soon. The rep told jkkmobile that the Archos 9 will see its CPU updated to a 1.2GHz chip, bringing with it HyperThreading support, an improvement in the GPU and a faster bus speed. Meanwhile, down the line there are apparently even bigger changes afoot.
The prospect of a 7-inch Android internet tablet running a relatively laggardly 600MHz ARM9 processor left us doubtful about Archos' new Archos 7 Home Tablet, but according to a very enthusiastic Charbax we shouldn't be so concerned. He's been playing with the Archos 7 for a few days now, and is reporting reasonable browsing speeds, 720p HD playback and 7hrs usage from a full charge.
Video hands-on after the cut
Archos have officially announced their so-called Home Tablets at CeBIT 2010 this week, and there's good news and bad. The Archos 7 Home Tablet and the Archos 8 digital photo frame each run Android, just like the Archos 5, but they have sluggish ARM9 processors rather than any of the more speedy SoC's we've seen on other tablets lately. Archos' trick, though, is in pricing: the two devices are €149 ($203), making them reasonably budget friendly.
Archos have already been pretty upfront about their plans to bring larger versions of their Android-based internet tablet to CeBIT 2010 this week, and according to the show guide they'll slot into the company's new Archos Home Slate category. As tipped before, the tablets will prioritize family activities, such as group email and calendar access, together with the usual tablet fare such as internet access and multimedia.
The Archos 7 looks pretty much to be locked-in for CeBIT in around a week's time, but according to Archos' German PR team the company have a second Android-based internet tablet to bring to the show. CarryPad have heard that two new devices are in the works for the Germany-based show, both described as "good value Android Tablets that are specially designed for use in the home".
Having briefly released and then promptly pulling the last firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, the French company have left owners waiting as they tweak the apparent "major issue" in the web browser. Now Archos have tried again, releasing firmware 1.7.33 complete with an update to Android 1.6 Donut for the touchscreen tablet.