ARCHOS announces new smartphones, tablets, gaming devices for IFA
ARCHOS, which these days bills itself as a pioneer in Android devices, has just announced its product road map for the rest of the year. It has lined up a series of gadgets all of which will make their public debut at IFA next week.
They include Android-based smartphones, the Platinum range of high-end tablets, bespoke tablets for children and gamers and the odd 3G tablet.
Kicking off with the mobiles then all the brand’s new handsets will feature pure un-skinned Android OS and Google Certification. Top of the range is the ARCHOS 50 Oxygen which features a full HD IPS screen, Quad-Core CPU at 1.5 GHz, 16GB storage, Android 4.2 and 13MP back camera and a 5 MP front camera.
Slightly cheaper is the Titanium range, which kicks off at £99 for a 4 inch device, and will feature Dual-Core CPUs, Bluetooth, GPS, Dual SIM card slots, Android 4.2, 5MP back cameras and 0.3 MP front cameras.
As for the tablets ARCHOS is introducing the Platinum range, which boast a smattering high-end features including Quad-Core processors, sleek Aluminum designs, wireless display technology and IPS screens up to 2048 x 1536 running Android 4.2.
There is also the Gen11 tablet, the ARCHOS 101xs2, which is powered by a quad-core processor with HD IPS screen and also features front-facing dual stereo speakers and ARCHOS’ magnetic keyboard functionality.
As for the dedicated tablets the new ARCHOS ChildPad range features a user interface designed for kids, including Google Playstore access which is especially filtered for children and incorporates full parental controls. The device will run Android 4.2.
Also coming is a tablet aimed at gamers – the ARCHOS GamePad 2. ARCHOS isn’t saying a great deal about this for now other than it claims it will be the ideal mix between a gaming console and an Android tablet.
The company also has a range of connected tablets that are 3G compatible.
The ARCHOS Xenon Range of 3 tablets will all feature HD screens, up to Quad-Core CPUs, and will run Android 4.2 offering 3G connected devices cheaper than Apple or Samsung Wi-Fi tablets.
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One other Android tablet to launch next week to consider is the – Novo 7 EOS £119 ($189) — with Internet data access and Voice Calling through any GSM Wireless carrier, which includes EE, O2 and Vodafone Mobile — this new model features a built in SIM card slot with 3G HSPA+ connection — and a SIM card may be used interchangeably with both phone and tablet.
The Novo 7 EOS is manufactured by Ainol Electronics –which won runner up for Best-Tablet-of-the-Year at CES 2012 — and offers a 7 inch HD screen (1280×800), 16GB Memory, Bluetooth wireless connection(ideal for headsets for voice calling), quality dual cameras, built-in GPS, Google Play and a 4400 mAh battery. It's also compatible with the new Google Chromecast for wireless movie streaming to an HDTV. While the Novo 7 EOS may not offer 4G speeds, overall connection is sufficient for most needs and it doesn't cost £300-£500 typical of 4G enabled tablets, such as the Nexus 7 cellular version.
Also new this month is the 8.9-inch Pipo M7 Pro £159($255) — which overall, packs in a solid device for about the same price as the new Nexus 7, but with a larger 8.9″ 1900X1200 PLS display(Samsung brand), Quad Core performance, GPS navigation, premium speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz) and the option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style Interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for $30 more.
More features and details about these new devices are at –T ab l e t S p r i n t–