Archos has pulled back the curtain to reveal what's claimed to be the first touchscreen Android netbook, the ArcBook. Designed for students and mobile workers, the wallet-friendly portable workhorse features a 10-inch screen, a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex processor and a battery that promises to keep going long after the school day or shift is over.
Archos has unveiled a new range of connected objects ahead of CES in Las Vegas next week. Capable of wirelessly working with each other, and synchronizing with iOS and Android smart devices, the new products fall into either Connected Home and Connected Self lines, and include a new tablet, a tiny home security camera, motion sensors, weather monitors, a personal activity tracker and a blood pressure monitor.
Back in February, Archos announced three new Platinum tablets
that appeared to offer top-shelf specs for wallet-friendly price tags. Sadly, only the two smaller models enjoyed a brief limited release in mostly Middle East regions, until now. The French portable consumer tech manufacturer has spruced up the Elements devices and issued a direct challenge to top-brand tablet makers like Apple and Samsung with the launch of the new Platinum Series tablets. The 116 Platinum of old has been swapped for a 10.1-inch device, which joins a 9.7-inch Retina rival and an 8-inch model. The three Android slates each feature a HD touchscreen, a quad-core processor, powerful graphics, and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Budget smartphones rarely provide much to get excited about, offering diminutive specs and outdated software. The Smart Mini, a handset from UK carrier Vodafone, improves upon the latter of these issues, offering a more up-to-date version of Android than much of the competition, and coming in at just £50 (US$78).
Archos has made a name for itself by producing a wide range of budget-friendly smart devices, from smartphones
to gaming tablets
, but now it has its sights set on your kitchen. The French company recently unveiled its new ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooking assistant, with an easy-to-clean protective case and kitchen-centric apps.
Archos is a company known primarily for its range of wallet-friendly tablets
, and its first entries into the smartphone market are aimed firmly at the low to mid-end of the spectrum. Though the 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum might not stand up to market-leading devices from the likes of HTC
, they do boast some nice features for their price category.
When you talk about tablet manufacturers, you might mention names like Apple, Samsung, Asus, and Amazon. Once you get past the big names, though, there is an oft-forgotten tier of businesses battling for your dollars. One of those is Archos. Its new line of tablets takes some cues from the iPad, though their price tags are more akin to bargain bin tablets.
Archos has announced a new range of high-end tablets at CES, known as the Titanium line. Four tablets will bear the new moniker, with sizes varying between 7 and 10.1 inches and prices ranging from US$119 to $249.
Portable gaming may not be anything new, as the original GameBoy took the world by storm all the way back in 1989, but there is a new evolution afoot that brings more feature-rich devices designed specifically for gaming to the consumer. Three models in particular stole the attention this year at the Consumer Electronics Show
Despite being developed primarily with mobile devices in mind, Android is finding its way onto bigger screens via Google TV set top boxes
and games consoles such as the OUYA
. Already having mobile Android gaming covered with its GamePad
, French company ARCHOS is adding to the Android-powered devices battling it out for a place on the big screen with the TV connect.