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.
When it comes to smartphones, hugs and all-you-can-eat buffets, more is better, right? That’s why we had to sit down and play with Archos’ 50c Oxygen. The gassy, Jelly Bean-running handset is one of the first to use MediaTek’s 1.7GHz octa-core MT6592 CPU, housed behind a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 IPS LCD display. Archos has found room for dual-SIM slots, 1GB RAM, 8GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot, while the 2,000mAh battery should last you at least a day.
Aside from the thinness of the device, some of the design cues, like the light-up strip for the menu buttons, reminded us a little of Sony’s old Xperia handsets, which we always had a soft spot for. Being a budget device, alas, there’s no LTE modem, and instead users will be forced to suck down data on HSPA+. Of course, the star here is the CPU, and while we weren’t able to put this device through the normal barrage of benchmarks that we use in our reviews, a casual run-through revealed that it was a lot more responsive than other devices that we’ve seen at this price. The 50c Oxygen will launch in April, around the same time as its phablet-sized brother, priced at €230 ($320).
Sharif Sakr swore off the all-you-can-eat buffet during this report.
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Even though Mobile World Congress 2014 doesn’t officially kick off until February 24th, Archos has gone ahead and revealed some products it will be bringing to the event. For starters, there’s the 80 Helium 4G, an 8-inch, £230 tablet that packs a Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 4G/LTE and Android 4.3. Additionally, Archos is also introducing a 5-inch, dual-SIM smartphone called 50c Oxygen, which features a 720p IPS display, MediaTek octa-core CPU, Jelly Bean (sorry, no KitKat here) and a 6.77-mm thick body. Archos’ 80 Helium 4G and 50c Oxygen won’t launch until later this year, but the company is indeed planning to show them off in Barcelona — and you know we’ll be there.
Famous French brand known as Archos decided to unveil their new line-up for 2014, which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The line-up consists of a tablet known as Archos Helium 4G, three smartphones known as 50c Oxygen, 64 Xenon and 40b Titanium. Check them out after the break.
Archos claimed that 80 Helium 4G is “industry’s first 8-inch 4G tablet under $250″. Apart from that, it comes with 4.3 Jelly Bean, 8-inch 1024 x 768 pixel display with IPS LCD technology, Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core processor, 5 megapixel camera,1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage with microSD extension.
Next up is the 50c Oxygen and 64 Xenon. They are different when it comes to design but specification-wise; the only difference is that Archos 50c Oxygen works with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7Ghz and a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 while the Archos 64 Xenon works with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3Ghz. 6.4-inch display with the same amount of pixels. Both will be available for $199.
And the last device is a low-end 40b Titanium, featuring a 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel display with a Mediatek dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and you will get all this in just $119. Check out the whole spec-sheet below to get a broader perspective about features of the devices.
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Falling under its Cobalt and Titanium series of tablets, all three tablets come sporting a quad-core A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage and microSD expansion. The Neon line includes the 9-inch Archos 90 Neon with 800 x 400 display, 9.7-inch 97 Neon with 1024 x 768 display, and the 10.1-inch 101 Neon with a 1024 x 600 display.
The 9.7-inch tab comes with a 2-megapixel rear-facing cam, and all three come rocking forward-facing cams. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but we expect these three to come soon and under $200 apiece.
Via: Android Community