Archos, the French manufacturer best known for its portable media players, has just become the latest company to announce a device that will come with Android on board.
Said device is not a regular smartphone, but an Internet Media Tablet (IMT) that has mobile phone capabilities, thanks to the fact that it merges “Google’s Android telephony stack and Archos’ multimedia framework”.
The name of the new Android device was not unveiled, and there’s also no image of it yet. However, Achros did mention most of the specs and features that the IMT will have.
First of all, it will be based on a Texas Instruments OMAP 3 platform, which is a perfect platform for advanced multimedia and communication capabilities.
(this is just a mockup, not the real Archos Android IMT)
So, what else should we expect from Archos’ first foray into the Android land? Here’s what:
- A 5 inch touchscreen display
- 3.5G connectivity, HSUPA for up to 7.2 Mbps
- Support for Adobe Flash and Flash Video
- High-class TV recording, plus High Definition (HD) playback
- Up to 500GB of memory
- Powerful battery, for up to 7 hours of video playback
- Only 10mm in thickness
Archos and Texas Instruments say that their Android IMT (you can also call it MID – mobile internet device) should be commercially available starting the third quarter of this year.
Perhaps the device will be showcased at MWC 2009 – and if that’s the case, we’ll surely bring more info about it soon.