Feb 9th, 2009

Looking at Archos upcoming Android Phone/Tablet that is poised to see the light of day at Mobile World Congress next week, it seems it could become an instant sensation. Archos calls it an ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet (IMT) combined with a mobile phone and specifically designates that it merges, “Google’s Android telephony stack and the ARCHOS’ multimedia framework.” It will also utilize OMAP 3 from Texas Instruments.

Android will handle all the smartphone capabilities while ARCHOS’ platform will handle multimedia capabilities like HD video playback – awesome! Here are some specs/features included IN ADDITION to Android functionality and voice support:

  • PC-like Internet experience enhanced by a high-resolution 5″ screen and full-width page viewing
  • Adobe Flash(TM) and Flash Video(TM) support, full screen
  • Access whenever and wherever to TV, movies, photos, music and games
  • Uncompromised TV recording and High Definition (HD) playback, all formats
  • Hundreds of hours of video storage, up to 500 GB
  • Innovative design: compact 10-mm ultra-thin tablet
  • Long battery life, 7 hours’ video playback
  • 3.5G 7.2 Mb/s HSUPA
  • Laptop-like performance from the first implementation of OMAP3440 processor based on the ARM(R) Cortex(TM) superscalar microprocessor and DSP

Now can you see why we mentioned “instant sensation”? The ARCHOS 5 is the companies current flagship model and Engadget Mobile slapped on an Android UI to show what the sexy little thing might look like:

archos-android

Try to find something bad about this thing… I dare you. Go ahead, try. If its anything like the Archos 5 it will be less than half an inch thick and fit in a nicely portable package. Keep your fingers crossed that this thing will sneak out of a napsack at MWC and we’ll get a more in depth look at what it will offer.

Hear that? It’s the (still unnamed) robot’s stomach growling…

[Thanks Charbax – ArchosFans, ITNewsOnline, PRNewsWire]

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