After announcing the 97 Titanium HD tablet with a huge 2048×1536 resolution that rivals Apple's iPad, the folks at Archos are back at it, officially announcing TV Connect, which effectively turns any HDTV into a full-fledged Android-powered smart TV using a "specially designed" TV Touch remote.
It looks like there's another competitor to take on the Nexus 10 and the iPad, both of which have super high-resolution displays that are unmatched by pretty much every other tablet. However, Archos has a new tablet that looks to take on the displays of both the iPad and Nexus 10. The 97 Titanium HD comes with a 2048x1536 resolution, and while it's not quite up there with the Nexus 10, it's still extremely high-resolution for a tablet.
Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - just one more work day to go and we'll be at the weekend once again. This afternoon started with a bang, with Spotify holding a press conference to announce a number of things. Perhaps most importantly, the service has 1 million paying subscribers in the US, with 5 million worldwide. The company also launched Spotify Collections and the Spotify Music Graph today, announcing a new web app for all users too. Finally, we found out that Metallica's full catalog of music has been added to Spotify, so all of you metal fans have a reason to celebrate this evening.
The folks at ARCHOS have today announced retail availability for their new GamePad device for Europe with plans to unleash the device in the USA in the first quarter of 2013. This device is a sort of a gaming hybrid with physical controls on the sides of a center touchscreen display, this making it both a tablet and a personal gaming console. This machine will be released with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a collection of ARCHOS-added apps for a lovely gaming experience.
Just in case the world doesn't have enough lower-end tablets, Archos has launched the 80 Cobalt, a dual-core Android slate with a yet-unannounced price tag that will probably be relatively inexpensive, if the specs are any indication. There's no information on launch date yet, but we're guessing it'll be out in time for the Christmas rush.
It's IFA week, which means that we had a lot of news flooding out of Germany. Let's get to it, shall we? Samsung and Sony both had a ton of big reveals today, and all of the coverage you could ever hope for is collected in our Samsung IFA 2012 Wrap-Up and our Sony IFA 2012 Wrap-Up. In those posts, you'll find links to all of the major reveals and announcements both companies made today, as well links to our hands-on posts with the day's major devices. Be sure to check those out if you're looking for a recap of the news from Samsung and Sony's events.
This week the folks at ARCHOS have revealed the GamePad, a gaming tablet with physical controls integrated into the device itself. This device brings on a lovely 7-inch display made to display games like the brand new Gameloft title Asphalt 7 - a racing game to be reckoned with. This device comes packed with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU for high-class graphics.
When Archos says they're going to get thin with their new tablet lineup, they really, really mean it - with just 0.31-inches in the tablet portion alone, they're amongst the thinnest slates on the market. This 0.31 number comes from the first device to hit the market in the Gen10 XS lineup - have a peek at our Archos 101 XS full review to get a better look at it! Meanwhile hear this: this lineup has the folks at Archos taking the vertical integration route like many manufacturers have been prone to working with lately, creating a docking station and boombox for the lineup as well.
This week we've got our hands on the Archos 101 XS tablet (part of the G10 series) with included keyboard dock, featuring a dual-core OMAP 4470 processor and a 10.1-inch display as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This tablet brings on a nearly completely vanilla version of Android, here bringing on an un-skinned version of the software essentially the same as the Google Nexus lineup of tablets and smartphones. The unique build here is the star though, this tablet being rather unique with its keyboard dock that connects magnetically and protects the display when you're not using the device.