The Archos press event was today, but contrary to our expectations the company didn't take the opportunity to whip out their Android tablet. Instead, they brought this behemoth: the Archos 9 PC Tablet, an 8.9-inch touchscreen UMPC running Windows 7 on an Intel Atom Z515 1.2GHz processor.
Updated with full specifications after the cut
The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around. We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99.
That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day. Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months. The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.
Archos have announced a press event to be held on June 11th in Paris, France. While there's no actual written confirmation of what the event might be about, the shadowy PMP/MID device visible on the invite and the bright green color-scheme has led to speculation that it concerns Archos' Android-based Internet Media Tablet (IMT) phone.
The company announced that they would be developing an Android device back in February, with the IMT measuring just 10mm thick and having a 5-inch high resolution touchscreen. Connectivity will include not only WiFi, like existing PMPs from Archos, but 3.5G HSUPA/HSDPA for up to 7.2Mbps downloads.
Coincidentally the company's second strand of their 2009 financial recovery plan, our second Archos post of the day concerns their Archos 10 netbook. Freshly unboxed over at NetbookNews.de, the first netbook from the PMP company seems to hold its own against rivals from ASUS and Dell.
After reporting financial performance that could legitimately be called disastrous, Archos have announced their plans to turn around business in 2009 and beyond. Key among those plans is the release of the company's Android-based multimedia internet tablet, first tipped back in February, together with a new range of MP3 products and pushing out its Archos Internet Media Club film download service.
They may look like old analog rabbit-ears antennas, but these are actually the digital-TV grasping tendrils of Archos' Snap On TV accessory for the Archos 5 PMP. A narrow slice docking across the bottom of the touchscreen mediaplayer, the Snap On TV adds DVB-T reception to the PMP's DVR functionality; Archos Lounge have been testing one out.
Archos have announced plans to launch an Android-based Internet Media Tablet, that would deliver not only the high-definition media playback of the company's existing range, but offer voice communication, wireless connectivity and access to the Android Market of smartphone applications. The Android IMT measures just 10mm thick, and has a 5-inch high-resolution touchscreen, up to 500GB storage and uses Texas Instruments OMAP 3 platform for "laptop-like performance".
Archos have announced pricing and availability details regarding their Archos 10 netbook, first seen earlier this week. UK buyers can pre-order the netbook for £349.98 ($511) while European buyers get it slightly cheaper at €348.98; that puts the 10 close to early estimates. For your money you get a 10.2-inch screen, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP Home.
Details of Archos' upcoming entry into the netbook market have emerged, found among the files at ArchosTest.fr, and anyone hoping for something as interesting or concientously designed as the company's Internet Media Tablets will be sorely disappointed. Instead, they've slapped their their brand on a dull OEM netbook design, the Hasee MJ125, with the usual 10-inch 1024 x 600 display, Atom 1.6GHz processor and 160GB hard-drive.
If size is everything in PMPs, the Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet certainly has a lot going for it. With a 7-inch touchscreen, there are certainly a whole lot fewer rivals than its smaller Archos 5 sibling faces; still, that hasn't stopped Archos from packing it with WiFi, a choice of 160GB or 320GB hard-drives, and internet browsing. JAMM have been testing it out (including holding the photoshoot with the iPod touch shown here) and the general judgement is good.