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Archos 5 Android Tablet firmware reportedly stable; Android 1.6 Donut by end of 2009

The Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet saga continues, with sales of the 5-inch PMP still partly frozen on Amazon while the company has also pushed out a new firmware update.  Amazon put the Archos 5 160GB on hold earlier this week after unspecified complaints from buyers; now the 500GB model has come into stock with the retailer, but shows no such sales-freeze.  According to ArchosFans, meanwhile, there’s a new, stable firmware – version 1.1.01 – that addresses many early complaints from owners.

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Archos 5 160GB Android Tablet sales frozen by Amazon

Archos 5 160GB Android Tablet sales frozen by Amazon

After beginning to ship out on Friday, Amazon have frozen deliveries of the Archos 5 160GB Android Internet Tablet.  According to the product listing, the touchscreen device is "under review", which Amazon explain could mean anything from shipping errors (wrong device, missing accessories, etc), incorrect item descriptions or, more worryingly, "something wrong with our inventory of the item", i.e. a problem with the Tablet itself.

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Archos 5 160GB and 32GB Android Tablets now shipping in US

Archos 5 160GB and 32GB Android Tablets now shipping in US

Having gone up for pre-order midway through September, certain models of Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet are now listed as in-stock and ready for delivery by Amazon.  The 160GB hard-drive version, together with the 32GB flash model, are both shipping now; however the remaining versions - of which Amazon only list the 500GB tablet - are still only available for preorder.

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Archos 9 Internet Tablet dropping October 22nd

Archos have confirmed that their Archos 9 Internet Tablet will go on sale come October 22nd, with pricing starting from $499.  Speaking at the IDF 2009 conference this week, the company surprised many who had expected the 9-inch touchscreen slate to retail for several hundred dollars more than that.

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Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet up for Amazon preorder

Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet up for Amazon preorder

Archos' Android Internet Tablet, the Archos 5, has shown up for preorder on Amazon in at least three of its forms.  The 32GB flash model, together with the 160GB and 500GB hard-drive versions, are all listed, with prices at $379.99, $329.99 and $429.99 respectively.

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Archos 9 PC Tablet hands-on

Archos 9 PC Tablet hands-on

Although most of our attention was on Archos' new Android device, we couldn't pass up the opportunity for a quick fondle of the company's Windows 7-powered Archos 9 PC Tablet.   Where the Archos 5 is a mobile device aspiring to desktop-style usage, the Archos 9 is a full Intel Atom Z515 1.1GHz PC packed into a 8.9-inch touchscreen form-factor.

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Archos Phone Tablet tipped: 1GHz Android 4.3-inch smartphone

While Archos’ event this week was predominantly about their Archos 5 Android-based Internet Tablet, they couldn’t help but tease with another upcoming device building on Google’s open-source platform.  The Archos Phone Tablet is, as the name suggests, a 3.5G-enabled version of the Archos 5, adding HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity to the PMP’s existing WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth.

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Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet hands-on [Video]

Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet hands-on [Video]

SlashGear stopped by the Archos launch event last night for the company's new Android-powered Internet Tablet, the Archos 5.  The idea is straightforward: all of Archos' usual media-centric abilities are there, including broad codec support and the ability to play local and network-based content, but rather than their home-grown Linux-based OS the French company has turned to Android and a custom UI shell.

Hands-on video and gallery after the cut

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets official

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets official

Archos has gone all official with its new Archos 5 Internet Tablet. The tablet has a large screen that supports HD resolution for media and has a built-in TV recording function. GPS is also built into the device and it runs the Android operating system. The screen is a 5-inch high resolution unit with a full internet browser to rival the surfing experience you get on a computer. The Archos 5 is available with up to 500GB of storage capacity for movies and apps.

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Archos Android MIDs A5S and A5H revealed in FCC filing

Archos Android MIDs A5S and A5H revealed in FCC filing

Archos' upcoming Android MID has been prematurely outed by the FCC, ahead of its expected launch on September 15th.  The Archos A5S (model 7501) Internet Media Tablet - a second, sibling device, the A5H (model 7502) was also mentioned in the user guide - bears a strong resemblance to the company's existing Archos 5, has a 5-inch (or possibly 4.8-inch) touchscreen display and includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an FM transmitter/receiver.

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Android MID spotted again; cavorts with Archos PMP and SmartQ 7

Android MID spotted again; cavorts with Archos PMP and SmartQ 7

The Android MID mystery continues, with more images of the compact touchscreen slate showing up at various forums.  We're now up to our third batch of leaked images - the first and second batches appeared over the past week or so - with the device being pegged as anything from Apple's upcoming tablet (highly unlikely) to Arcos' much-talked-about MID, but with no official identity forthcoming at least the source of the pictures has seemingly been confirmed.

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Archos Vision PMPs in the wild

Archos Vision PMPs in the wild

Live images of Archos' latest Vision PMP range have appeared, courtesy of Archos Lounge, and they go some way to proving the old adage that clever angles can make an ugly device attractive.  Our main issue is with the Archos 2 Vision, shown here on the right, which in the press shots looked slick and clean but in the plastic, well, have overly-protruding buttons and seem a tad bland.

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