Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Archos enters smartphone biz, Arnova parades new tablets

Consumer device manufacturer Archos and its subsidiary Arnova are introducing several new gadgets aimed at further establishing their brands in the country.

Powered by Google?s latest operating system Android version 4.1 ?Jelly Bean,? the new Archos and Arnova devices provide leading-edge consumer market devices at a fraction of the cost.

Archos is also entering the smartphone business while Arnova is lining up new Wi-Fi-enabled models of 7?, 9.7? and 10.1? tablets for the entry-to-mid and high-level users.

The Archos 80XS

Archos GamePad, 80 Titanium, and 80XS

Archos recently announced that it has been granted Google Certification, ensuring that its devices will come with Android?s applications such as Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Maps among others.

The Archos 80 Titanium tablet features an 8-inch IPS (in-plane switching) panel that offers the best color contrast among tablets of its class.

It boasts a 1.6 Gigahertz (GHz) Cortex-A9 dual-core processor and a built-in quad-core graphics processor for smooth operation of graphics heavy applications, games and even high definition videos at 1080p.

It has a 1 Gigabyte (Gb) RAM, a front and a rear camera, 8 Gb internal flash memory (expandable to 64 Gb via micro SD slot), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a mini-HDMI port.

Another new tablet is the 80XS, which has a keyboard that doubles as a magnetic cover board. This 8-inch unit features a 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1 Gb of RAM and 8 Gb of internal flash memory (expandable to 64 Gb via micro SD slot), as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It can also connect to a TV to become a media player via mini-HDMI.

The Archos Gamepad

The company is also delving into the mobile gaming scene as it introduces the Archos GamePad. Designed to cater to gamers, the Android gaming device features dedicated dual analog sticks, a dual four-way directional buttons, and shoulder buttons. This design enables the Archos GamePad to convert typical touch controls of hundreds of Android games into physical, button-based controls.

Archos 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum smartphones

Archos has finally broken into the smartphone market with the introduction of its Archos 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum 3G smartphone devices.

Starting with the 50 Platinum, Archos is offering tablet-like features into mobile phones. It has a 5-inch IPS panel, a powerful quad-core Qualcomm processor running a 1.2 GHz, a 1 Gb RAM, 4 Gb internal flash memory and a dual-SIM slot. It has a 2,000 milliampere (mAh) battery life, providing a 161 hour standby time, and a whopping 9.8 hours of talk time.

The Archos 50 Platinum

Its big brother, the 53 Platinum, has a 5.3-inch IPS panel and also features the same powerhouse components. But the 53 Platinum has a much bigger battery life at 2,800 milliampere (mAh), giving it an even longer standby time at 264 hours and 15 hours of talk time.

Arnova ChildPad

Expanding its offering to younger generation of users, Arnova has introduced Arnova Childpad, a 7-inch tablet specially designed for school children.

Not only does its colorful shell make the Arnova Childpad look unique, it is also pre-installed with a 6-month license of Mobile Parental Filter of Editions Profil, ensuring that its young users are protected from inappropriate content.

Arnova 7-inch G3

The new Arnova G3 tablets include the ultra-thin Arnova 7h G3 tablet. The tablet sports 7? capacitive multi-touch screen at 800×480 pixels. It features an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1 GHz, with 512 megabytes (Mb) of RAM, and a 4 Gb flash memory.

Next is the Arnova 7i G3, at P4,995, is an upgraded version of the Arnova 7h that incorporates a 1 Gb RAM. It also has two speakers instead of one, producing more powerful sound that works even in open spaces.

Arnova 10-inch G3

Completing Arnova?s new tablet line are its two Arnova 10.1? powerhouses: the Arnova 10c G3 and the 10d G3.

Arnova 10c G3, uses ARM A8 processor running at 1 GHz, with 1 Gb of memory and a 4 Gb internal flash drive. Integrated into the Arnova 10c G3 is a micro SD slot (up to 32 Gb capacity) and a micro USB 2.0 slave port that enables users to plug in USB devices, such as external drives.

Even more powerful is its twin brother, the Arnova 10d G3, which has a dual-core ARM A9 processor running at 1.2 GHz, also a 1 Gb RAM and a 4 Gb internal flash memory. It also features a front-facing camera, built-in speakers, microphones and micro SD and micro USB ports.

The Arnova 97 G4

Arnova 97 G4

Arnova also introduces the Arnova 97 G4, a 9.7-inch tablet that is made for the power user. It has a powerful dual-core ARM A9 process running at 1.6 GHz and a 1 Gb RAM. Its integrated graphics is a quad-core Mali-400 processor that provides optimum power for graphics-intensive applications.

All Archos and Arnova products are available at The Electronics Boutique, Ace Hardware, Anson Emporium, Automatic Centre, DIY Shop, Office Warehouse, Office 1 Superstore and Robinsons Appliances.

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