Archos Releases Android Phone

I’m guessing I’ll hear more about this at MWC, but TI just let loose a press release crowing about Archos’s use of the OMAP3 processor in an upcoming “Internet Media Tablet” that runs on Android and also doubles as a phone. No pictures yet, but the spec sheet makes it sound like a hotrodded Archos 5…

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I’m guessing I’ll hear more about this at MWC, but TI just let loose a press release crowing about Archos’s use of the OMAP3 processor in an upcoming “Internet Media Tablet” that runs on Android and also doubles as a phone. No pictures yet, but the spec sheet makes it sound like a hotrodded Archos 5: five-inch screen, up to a 500GB hard drive, a battery capable of 7 seven hours of video playback, and Flash support, all in a package just 10mm (.39 inches) thick. The underlying OS will be Android, but Archos plans to really beef up the media features — there’s even mention of HD video playback. That sounds seriously sweet — if Archos ditches the current mushy resistive screen in the 5 for a capacitive unit, this could be a knockout Android device when it launches in the third quarter.

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