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.
With a strategy that seems to be the opposite of Huawei’s, Archos have unveiled some upcoming devices less than two weeks before the hotly anticipated IFA 2014 event. In a press release sent out today, Archos revealed the 50b Platinum phone, complete with an unnamed quad-core processor, and an IPS display with “HD video encoding capability”. No word on RAM or internal storage but the 50b Platinum will come with three back covers in blue, black and pink and an 8GB microSD card.
With Nest and Honeywell being just two names in the new “smart home” trend, it comes as no surprise that others are making the push into the foray. Today Archos made its leap into the market with a total smart home package. The smart home set up we got to play with at CES will cost you $250, this starter package comes with a “specialized” 7-inch tablet, two wireless cameras, two movement tags, and two weather tags to place throughout your home. To supplement the hardware, there is an Android or iOS app that allows you to control these devices straight from your smartphone.
Today ARCHOS announced two new smartphones, including the ARCHOS 50c Oxygen packing a Mediatek Octa-Core processor for only £179 ($303 USD). In addition to the 1.7GHz processor, buyers also get dual-sim capability. Outside of those specs, the 50c Oxygen is more in line with the budget pricing. It packs a 5-inch IPS HD screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage expandable with an additional 64GB via microSD. It also comes with an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video.
Looks like HP won’t be the only company to offer a laptop running Android. ARCHOS just unveiled the ArcBook, which looks interesting, but as with many ARCHOS products, the specs aren’t all that thrilling.
Let’s start out with the fact that the ArcBook is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. At this point in the game, there is no excuse for releasing a product with anything other than KitKat. Now on to the hardware….brace yourselves….it features a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, front-facing camera, USB 2.0, full QWERTY keyboard with touchpad, and dual speakers.
The Mobile World Conference doesn’t begin until later this month, but Archos has already begun revealing some products that they will be introducing at the event. There’s the the 80 Helium 4G, an 8-inch, £230 tablet that has a Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 4G/LTE and Android 4.3. Also, Archos is going to have a 5-inch, dual-SIM smartphone called the 50c Oxygen, which features a 720p IPS display, MediaTek octa-core CPU, Jelly Bean, and a 6.77-mm thick body.
The devices won’t launch until later this year, but the company will show them off in Barcelona.
The 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon tablets have been announced by Archos and boy do they look awful on paper. The 90 Neon sports a 9-inch 800×480 screen, the 97 Neon will have a 9.7-inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution, and finally the 101 Neon will have a 10.1-inch screen with an odd resolution of 1024×600. Thankfully the internals do get better, although it still won’t make you want one. Each device dons a quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM chip of unidentified make clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.
These devices should be cheap and affordable, release dates are still to be determined.
Home automation and fitness monitoring are going to be huge over the next few years, and Archos wants in on the action. They unveiled Connected Self and Connected Home accessories at CES 2014, and we had a chance to learn more about them.
Connect Self includes an app that tracks key health metrics for up to 8 different users. Some of the accessories include a Connected Scale, an Activity Tracker wristband, and a blood pressure monitor. They will retail for no more than about $100 each.
Connected Home includes a custom tablet and app that serves as the guts of the system. Then you can add various accessories including a Smart Tracker (GPS tracker with 3G capability), Weather Station, camera, motion ball, movement tag, weather tag, and smart plug. The Connected Home tablet station will cost $199 and will include a camera and motion ball.
Hit the break for a look at both the Connected Self and Connect Home accessories and how they work.
Besides smartphones and tablets, Archos is pushing into the wearables market. While they haven’t officially given these devices names, were able to get a hands on with some of these devices. Archos is looking at pushing three different smartwatches each with different screen technologies. What this means is that we’re going to see differing battery life for each device. There is an E-Ink screen (battery life of one-two weeks), an LCD capacitive screen (a days use worth) and a memory LCD (battery life of one week).
The company is foregoing the camera on the device which will help with the pricing a bit. They prices will range from $50 to $200. If you’re interested in checking them out we have the hands on after the break. Keep it locked here for more hands on with this years newest tech at CES 2014.
Archos is already on a roll this new year with a slew of new devices. The company took to CES to announce multiple tablets, smartphones and wearables. The newest smartphones are all running various versions of Jelly Bean from 4.1.2 to 4.3. On the spec side of things, the phones will carry either dual or quad-core processors. Each will have 1GB of RAM, and displays that range from 4.5 inches to 5.0 inches. While some of the hardware could be considered mid-range, Archos is looking to make its presence in the smartphone market. We have a hands on for you after the break. Enjoy.