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.
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Smartwatchs are a new category and there are only a options available on the market today, but Archos is hoping to change that with its new smartwatch line launching this summer.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Gear that carries many of the features of a smartphone, Archos’ devices will be (sort-of) competing with the Pebble directly since its $50 model will feature a 1.55-inch non-capacitive e-ink display and the ability to receive text, email and social media notifications and control media playback, in addition to displaying the time, of course. The unnamed Archos watch is said to get between one and two weeks of battery life.
The smartwatch can’t reply to messages (the Pebble can actually send simple replies thanks to the app Glance), and there is no mention of it being open source or there being any type of app store.
In addition to its cheapest $50 model, two others will be available in the line, but not at launch. The first will be $100 and come with a 1.8-inch color capacitive display and a 36 to 48 hour battery life. The second is the same as the color model, but will feature an aluminum-encased curved display for $130.
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things blorg — you know, that terrible buzz phrase for this new and actually exciting era of connected gadgets. Except this time, it’s brought to you by Archos. The French outfit’s branching out from its traditional portfolio of Android smartphones and tablets with a new Smart Home solution — an ecosystem that’s similar to Smart Things. The platform, which Archos announced just prior to the new year, incorporates a tablet-like gateway and various sensors that users can place in and around their homes for remote monitoring.
Archos is gearing this whole system more towards convenience than security and its array of Bluetooth sensors prove this point. Smart Home revolves around Archos’ gateway, a 7-inch tablet that gathers and manages a feed of all the data from its various Bluetooth sensors; sensors designed to monitor video, motion, weather and electricity. Though the initial $200 kit comes with just the gateway, one video camera and one motion sensor, users can go out and buy additional sensors piecemeal for anywhere from $14 – $50 (e.g., the weather sensor costs $30).
You may be worrying about the longevity of these sensors, but because Archos has done some work on the Bluetooth stack, battery life is expected to last from 18 months to two years. They’re also water-resistant and feature replaceable batteries, so you can swap out when the charge starts to run low. Additionally, that bit of Bluetooth tinkering also means Archos’ Smart Home system can maintain upwards of 30 individual device connections — that’s way more than traditional low energy Bluetooth.
We were only privy to a brief demo of the Smart Home app running on the gateway — never fear, Android and iOS apps do exist — but the premise is quite simple. The software allows users to set specific triggers based on sensor data to effect actions. So say the temperature in your car drops below freezing, a notification will be sent alerting you that it may be time to de-ice the Chevy, or salt the driveway. Again, it’s all about convenience and users can tailor the system to automate their lives in myriad ways.
Archos intends to begin shipping the $200 Smart Home bundle — which includes the gateway, and two sensors (one for video, one for motion) — in Europe first this February, with the US to follow in March.
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Archos is coming at the burgeoning smartwatch space in a different way. Rather than hedge its bets on a single device offering, it’s planning to release a trio of smartwatches for every end of the consumer spectrum. The water-resistant smartwatches in question don’t have specific branding attached as of yet — that will presumably come before launch later this summer — but they are easily distinguished by screen size and display tech used.
Unlike the half-baked, it-can-sorta-do-everything Galaxy Gear, Archos’ smartwatch line is hewing more closely to the Pebble route. These Android- and iOS-compatible devices are designed to supplement your smartphone experience, not replace it. And so, users that buy in will have access to notifications (i.e., SMS, emails, text, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), media playback controls and, of course, a clock. What they won’t be able to do is snap photos on a low-resolution camera, talk into their wrists or reply to messages.
The cheapest of the bunch is Archos’ $50 model, a rugged-looking smartwatch that features a 1.55-inch non-capacitive, black-and-white, memory LCD and is rated for between one and two weeks of battery life. For just $50 more, there’s a color capacitive model that steps up the screen size to 1.8 inches (the same size as an iPod nano) and lasts about 36 – 48 hours. Fans of customization and the fashion-conscious will be glad to know the band on this model can be swapped out. And finally, occupying the line’s premium perch, at $130, is Archos’ e-ink smartwatch, which retains the same screen size as the color model, but with an aluminum-encased curved display.
The smartwatch line isn’t slated to launch until sometime this summer, but when it does, don’t expect all three to be available at once. Archos plans to offer only its $50 model initially, with its higher-end models to follow in the months after.
Brad Molen contributed to this report.
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ARCHOS, while not being the most popular of smartphone manufacturers, will be showcasing two new unlocked smartphones at CES 2014. The 50 Helium 4G and the 45 Helium 4G are the company’s first LTE smartphones, and will most likely be causing quite a stir with their price points.
The 45 Helium 4G will be offered for $200, with a 4.5-inch 854×480 screen and 4GB of storage. It will also have a 5MP rear-facing camera, a front-facing VGA camera, and 1,700 mAh Li-ion battery.
The 50 Helium 4G will go for $250, with a 5-inch 720p screen and 8GB of storage. It will have an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Both phones offer a 1.4 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, and a MicroSD card slot for expandable memory.
While we haven’t laid our hands on the phones yet, it’s really nice to see manufacturers begin to offer low-priced smartphones. Could this be a Moto G rival? With it’s introduction on LTE, it could possibly be so. Any thoughts on this one? We’d love to hear them!
It’s not all smartwatches and weather stations for Archos this year at CES. The company may be diversifying its portfolio a bit at the show, but it’s still got its hands in some tried and true categories. For starters, there are the new 45 and 50 Helium 4G handsets. Both run Android 4.3 on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, with upcoming upgrades to KitKat (version 4.4.2). The 45 is, naturally, the lower-end of the two, featuring a 4.5-inch FXVGA display, 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, priced at $200 unlocked. The $250 50 Helium 4G, meanwhile, bumps things up a bit, with a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 8GB of storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Both will be hanging out at the Archos booth in Vegas.
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Archos looks to be getting in on the New Year’s resolutions a bit early. The company clearly couldn’t wait for CES to spill the beans on its 2014 lineup — at least so far as connected devices are concerned. The device maker wants to make you a part of its internet of things, previewing a slew of devices, including an activity tracker, scale, blood pressure monitor, weather station and tablet. There is, predictably, not a whole heck of a lot of information on any of the products — in fact, the company’s managed to shove mentions of all of the above into a single press release issued a little more than a week out from the big Vegas event. Archos is collectively referring to the lineup as its “connected objects” — devices that are monitorable in real-time via Android and iOS apps.
There’s not much to say about the 7-inch Smart Home Tablet, at the moment. The company’s positioning the Android device as a “gateway” to connected home actions, like turning on lights and recording video with a mini-cam when a motion sensor is triggered. CES will also see the debut of a new Weather Station from Archos, offering up indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, CO2, pressure and other readings, along with national and historic levels for comparison. The company’s Connected Self app, meanwhile, was built to work with a handful of new health devices. The list includes a connected scale that tracks body fat, an activity tracker that measures footsteps and burned calories and a blood pressure monitor that comes with an irregular heartbeat detector.