It may not be as cheap as cardboard, but Archos is working on a low-cost virtual reality headset to compete with the Samsung Gear VR. The new Archos VR Headset will supposedly retail for £25 ($40 USD) in the U.K. when released in November.
Besides being much cheaper than the projected $200 price tag for the Gear VR unit, the Archos unit will be capable of working with any smartphone that measures somewhere between 5 and 6 inches.
The key to whether the Archos VR is really the deal it seems to be is whether it will do anything more than just provide hands-free viewing of a smartphone, possibly adding some 3D type effects thanks to the lenses. Even that may be enough to justify the investment.
Any interest out there in a cheap virtual reality headset from Archos?
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Virtual Reality is a field that has yet to bring anything to the table that I feel is worth the money. For $200+, you get a feeling of being immersed in something, whether that’s a movie, or game, etc, that doesn’t feel comfortable enough to continue using in my opinion. At Google I/O 2014, Google released and gave out Google cardboard, which I took to essentially say “we already have the technology in our smartphones, all you need is some cardboard and rubber bands and you have yourself a VR device!” Well, ARCHOS has taken this idea and made it better.
On Thursday, ARCHOS announced via email their ARCHOS VR Glasses. Available in November on archos.com and other retailers for $29.99, this device takes your Android, Windows Phone, or iOS device (up to 6 inches) and turns it into a Virtual Reality experience. You can combine it with the upcoming ARCHOS Bluetooth game controller for an immersive gaming experience. Or watch movies on it with upcoming ARCHOS Video Player update, and you’ll feel as though you’re watching a 3D movie in a theater.
In my opinion, this is the best way to implement VR. Simple, cheap, and requires nothing more than your smartphone and its content. I think ARCHOS is on to something here.
What do you think of this device?
We may not know how much GearVR will cost, but we’re reasonably sure that Archos is already trying to undercut Samsung and Oculus head-mounted effort. The French company is busting out the wittily-named Archos VR Headset, a Rift-like device that’s compatible with any smartphone that measures between 5 and 6-inches. The kicker here, of course, is that the device will retail for £25 in the UK, roughly converting to $40, which would put it well beneath the – frankly insane – $200 figure an unnamed Samsung official told VentureBeat during New York Fashion Week. If you’re interested in trying one out, it’ll be available at some point in November, and we hope that the GearVR isn’t too far behind.
The bargain smartphone segment has grown immensely recently and it will continue to grow with Archos’ new Platinum smartphones. The Platinum line is made up of two new smartphones, the 45c and the 50b. The 45c is the smaller of the two phones with a 4.5″ screen. The 50b is the big brother of the family with it’s 5″ screen. Either can be had in your choice of blue, pink or black.
As far as specs go, both of these smartphones are just about identical. The 50b does have a better camera, an 8 MP compared to the 5 MP in the 45c. The big selling point seems to be the quad-core processor found in both phones, Archos claims, “it should handle the most demanding tasks.” It will be interesting to see how this processor performs compared to other smartphones in the $99 range. The Archos Platinum smartphones will start at $99 for the 45c and go up to $119 for the 50b.
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If you’re wondering when home automation might tip into the Walmart-level mainstream, here’s a sign: Archos’ Smart Home starter kit is now on sale. Along with two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags, they’re throwing in a controlling tablet, all for $250 — or $25 each for the cameras and sensors. Archos says they’re the first to use the Bluetooth Smart tech in connected homes and engineered it to work at double the normal distance (65 instead of 32 feet) and with up to 13 devices. That’ll permit it to take a photo when a movement-tagged door is opened, for instance, using its scenario editor and the Tasker Android app. Archos also has controllable plug sockets, alarm sirens, motion-detectors and even a pet tracker planned for the future. The kit should hit its online shop soon, but fair warning — Archos is known for low-priced, but not exactly high-end goods.
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Android on a laptop isn’t necessarily a new concept. We’ve seen the Archos ArcBook, the Lenovo A10, and the HP Slatebook, and we may see another hit the shelves in the future to the tune of $170. Recent FCC filings suggest that perhaps a new model of the ArcBook will be launching soon, dubbed the Archos Droid Book.
Archos’ recent trademark on the “Droid Book” name and this FCC filling make quite a pair, pointing to the imminent release of this new 10-inch Android laptop. Whether the Droid Book will be a new addition to the ArcBook line or simply a standalone computer is unclear. We do, however, have some recently released specs from Archos regarding their next ArcBook laptop.
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 1.2 GHz Rockchip RK3168 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage & microSD card reader
- 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multitouch display
- 2 MicroUSB ports
- Stereo speakers and headset jack
- Webcam and mic
Android laptops certainly aren’t the biggest sellers, and who really knows if the line is a dying breed. We’re still happy to see Archos continue the support for this line of laptops.
Archos has just announced its latest Android powered netbook for a very money-friendly price of $169! The netbook runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and is preinstalled with Office Suite Pro 6, so you can edit all your Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDF files with ease.
The netbook looks promising offering access to all Google services, including the Play Store and also features 15GB of free Google Drive. Check out the spec list below!
- 10.1-inch touchscreen display with 1024×600 resolution
- ARM Coretex A9 dual-core processor, 1.2 Ghz
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB Flash memory
- Front Camera
- 2 Built-in Speakers
- Wi-fi ready
- 2 USB 2.0 jacks
- 3.5mm audio jack
- MicroSD card reader
- Full Keyboard and touchpad
- 10 hours of battery life
No exact release date has been said, but Archos is saying sometime in June. Will you be snagging one up for $169? Could this be a Chromebook competitor?
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Archos has announced a new gadget today called the ArcBook. It will be a budget friendly touch screen Notebook style offering with a little bang for its buck.
The ArcBook will run off a RK3168 DUal-Core processor set at 1.2GHz, offer 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and sport Android 4.2. The screen is a 10.1 capacitive multitouch screen with a lower resolution of 1024 x 600. On the brighter side of the coin though, they boast 10 hours of battery life out of the 8,000 mAh built -in battery. Along with Office Suite Pro 6 pre-installed and full USB host. Not to mention the keyboard and trackpad. It will also have access to the suit of Google apps.
The ArcBook is schedule for release next month and will come in at a pretty low $170.
Recently at the Mobile World Congress, French electronics brand Archos released a bunch of new products, and Archos 64 Xenon was part of the release, and it’s a ‘phablet’ of its own kind. It features a huge screen of 6.4-inch, 1GB RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery, which will last for a day on a single charge. Our friends over at Engadget got their hands on 64 Xenon, and they told that LG G2 isn’t the only phone with buttons on the back. The 64 Xenon have power and volume button on the rear side, and they are in a great position. Although, they might be a little awkward to use because people are not used to it.
Engadget is impressed with the performance of the phone, but disappointed by the internal storage. With just 4GB internal memory, it’s surely a ‘con’ but with microSD slot, you will have an alternative to store your content.
The device will be released in April, and we are also looking forward to grab it as well. Do you think ‘rear buttons’ are a good idea? Let us know in the comment box below.
When we talk about smartphones with buttons on the back of the case, most people’s thoughts turn toward the LG G2. But now the French electronics outfit Archos has decided to follow in LG’s footsteps with the 64 Xenon, a 6.4-inch phablet that puts the both the volume and power buttons on the rear side. Packing a 1,280 x 720 IPS LCD display, dual-SIM slots and HSPA+ radios, it’s clear that this is designed to square up against the likes of the Galaxy Mega, but with a much lower price tag of 200 euros (around $275).
As soon as you get this device in your left hand, you’ll notice that the power button is in a great position, right next to your index finger. The volume buttons, by contrast, are meant to be reached with your thumb, but the positioning felt a bit awkward to us — it’s hard to grip the device while applying any pressure to these buttons.
In the performance stakes, we were reasonably impressed by the responsiveness of the quad-core MediaTek MT6582, even though it’s a whole generation behind the chip in Archos’ other new smartphone. The processor is accompanied by 1GB of RAM and a 2,800mAh battery, which the company promises should last you for a day on a single charge.
On the downside, we were disappointed to see that the company cut a big corner with the internal storage: it’s offering just 4GB as standard, which isn’t right given how much stuff you’re likely to put on this handset. On the other hand, at least there’s a microSD slot for storing more content. Still, we’re looking forward to putting this hardware through its paces when it launches in April.
Sharif Sakr felt the buttons on his own back for this report.