Archos to launch its first smartphones, 11.6 inch tablet?
French device maker Archos has a line of Android tablets and portable media players with screens as small as 2.8 inches and as large as 13.3 inches. But there’s one thing the company doesn’t sell… yet: Android phones.
According to French blogger Pierre Lecourt, that could soon change. His sources tell him that Archos plans to launch three different smartphones soon, as well as the company’s first 11.6 inch tablet.
Update: Archos has officially unveiled the 11.6 inch Archos 116 Platinum tablet.
The tablet is said to be called the Archos 116 Platinum, and it will reportedly have a high resolution display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.1 software. It could sell for around $465 in Europe, although it’d likely be a little cheaper if and when it goes on sale in the US.
According to Lecourt, Archos plans to release phones with 3.5 inch, 4.8 inch, and 5.2 inch screens.
The Archos Carbon 35 will be the smallest model, with a 480 x 320 pixel screen, a single core processor and just 512MB of memory and 512MB of storage. It’s a budget phone that will sell for around 90 Euros.
The Archos 48 Platinum seems likre a higher end phone with a 4.8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6589 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor and a 249 Euro price tag.
While the Archos 52 Titanium has the biggest screen, it actually has less impressive specs than the 4.8 inch model, with an 800 x 480 pixel screen, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. There’s no word on the price.
You can find more details at MiniMachines, but Archos hasn’t confirmed any of this information yet, so take it all with a grain of salt.
It’s also worth noting that Archos has been slapping its brand name on tablets and other devices produced by white box Chinese vendors recently. So these aren’t necessarily products that have been designed in-house. But they could offer decent specs at reasonable prices and a warranty from a brand you may have actually heard of.