Archos confirms plans to enter the smartphone market this year

French tablet maker Archos could launch its first smartphones this year. The company is outlining its plans for 2013, and in addition to launching additional tablets, the company say it wants to get into the smartphone and home automation markets.

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We’d actually first heard about the company’s plans for the smartphone space last month when French blog MiniMachines reported at least 3 different Archos phones were in the works.

But I’m not sure the company has spoken publicly about its smartphone strategy until now.

It’s not clear whether we’ll see any Archos phones in the US though. The company tends to sell its products through retail channels rather than through wireless carriers — but most US customers still buy subsidized phones from their phone companies.

via ArcTablet