ARCHOS Offers Android-powered Smartphone

Tuesday 10th February 2009 - 18:33


ARCHOS is to bring out a touchscreen smartphone based on the Android operating system.

The new ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet (IMT) will have voice support and deliver "PC-like" performance, according to ARCHOS.

It is similar to the Archos 5 media tablet - with the big differences being voice support and the Android OS.

ARCHOS is to use Texas Instrument's OMAP 3 platform, which will allow the processor to use less power without affecting performance.

According to hdtv.biz-news, the device will allow playback of HD video while offline.

Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager for TI's OMAP platform business unit, said: "The OMAP 3 platform, with its support for the Android OS, is a powerful tool to support HD video, high quality multimedia and connectivity anytime and anywhere."

The IMT will be ready in Q3 of this year.

ARCHOS will give more details about the device at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

But a statement from the company did say that it was "looking to expand beyond portable media players to provide solutions for the converged space, where a foundation in high-quality video content delivery is a benefit".

"ARCHOS is marrying its rich digital media history with voice functionality to tackle new markets," said the company.

Some core features of this smartphone include:
  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • Adobe Flash and Flash Video support
  • unrestricted access to TV, movies, music
  • games
  • photos
  • TV recording and HD playback
  • 500GB storage
  • 7 hour video playback battery life
  • runs on a 3.5G 7.2Mb/s HSUPA.
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