Archos 5 Internet Tablet info. 229 for 8GB SSD. Available tomorrow?

Posted on 15 September 2009 by



archos a5As the Archos press conference starts in Paris, it seems the information on the tablet has already leaked. This is unconfirmed information from OS informer, translated from German. More news as it happens. (I’ll update this post below)

- 8 GB to 500 GB storage:
- HD-support: 720p HD-Auflösung (H.264 HD, MPEG-4 HD und WMV HD).
- Web-TV and -Radio:
- TV-recording: With the optional DVR-station. optionalen DVR-Station bietet das “ARCHOS 5
- ARCHOS Media Club: (Content)
- HD Cinema Plug-In: Playback of WMV-HD-films in
720p, and Films im MPEG-2/VOB-Format with AC3-Sound.
- Accessoires: DVR-Station, Battery Dock, HDMI Mini-Dock, GPS In-Car Holder,
Helmet Cam and more.

The “ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet” will be available at Amazon from the 16. September 2009 for 229,99 Euro (8 GB Version). The 64 GB Version will start at 399,99 Euro. The 120-GByte-Version is 250 Euro.

18:21. Watching the live stream here.

Still haven’t had confirmation that the info above is correct.

More taken from the German posting….

  • Ti OMAP platform (Cortex core)
  • Integrated GPS
  • Supports ‘thousands’ of apps from the App store. [important to know that it's backward compatible.]
  • Supports mouse and keybaord via micro USB port.
  • Accelerometer

18:45 Lots of talk about the App store and what it means for sales.

18:50 Archos 5 now being discussed….in French. Waiting for translations to feed through.

First video has been found on the net (thanks TSO)

Some press photos: http://www.umpcportal.com/gallery/v/Archos5IT/

18:57: There’s talk of an 800Mhz CPU. That’s 30% faster than the N900

10mm thick, 180gm.

1900: 8GB SSD version with 3G – 8Go – is 229 Euros. (still not 100% confirmed that it’s got HSDPA though)

Bluetooth included.

Flash 10 support with Android 2.0 in Q1 2010 (IMPORTANT!)

19:11. Voip app is included. That means it probably doesnt support traditional voice.

19:13 Navigation app uses google maps (for the first time – turn by turn with Google maps?) Satelite imagery is also available. How much is the turn-by-turn plugin going to cost?!

19:17. Archos website still down for ‘maintenance’

Note: HD playback/output on this is 720 (1280×720), not 1080. Still, good enough for most people!

HDMI on the mini-dock.

19:26 A range of keyboard available. BT, Slim.

19:31 Prices shown. Some confusion now as to whether it has 3G

19:33 3G phone tethering announced as a ‘feature’ It’s not looking good for 3G goodness.

19:42 Conference seems to be coming to a close.

19:46. Archos Phone tablet has been announced. With 3G. To be launched at CES it seems.

19:46. Conference appears to be over. For real!

Summary: Looking like a real iPod killer. A great MID with a high-end mobile processor, GPS and WVGA res but without 3G at a 229 Euro / 299 dollar entry point. Good job Archos.

Todo: Double check pricing of plugins. Availability. Wait for Archos.com to come up with the official info.

Archos.com official information is available now.

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23 Comments For This Post

  1. MeetMobility says:

    New article: Archos 5 Internet Tablet info. 229 for 8GB SSD. Available tommorrow. http://cli.gs/q7YZn

  2. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    Archos android tablet runs at 800Mhz! Looks like pricing is 229 for an 8G SSD version. With 3G? http://bit.ly/19H6iK

  3. Michael Killian says:

    Android tablet. Would like to know more of UI. RT @Fleinsbach: Archos android tablet runs at 800Mhz! .. http://bit.ly/19H6iK (via @chippy)

  4. Marc says:

    Sadly I’m stupid enough to order one.

    If some of my current A5 accessories work then I may well do it tomorrow. Assuming UK availability.

    As usual it mentions plug-ins and all the usual accessories. Meaning no TV, mains charging or USB port without paying more….

  5. Marc says:

    Isn’t the current one called the Archos 5 internet tablet?

  6. voodoo says:

    Just the mention of the word ‘plugin’ is enough to turn me off this piece of crap. Ive spent enough on Archos hardware and plugins over the years, never again. A video player that doesnt play videos until you spend another €20 for each format?

  7. Rob says:

    no mention of the Archos 9?? when is that one coming out?

  8. Marc says:

    229 was never going to get you 3G, not for a new release.

    Can see lots of confusion with lots of places still selling the Archos 5.

    Any word on if old ’5′ range accessories will work?

    No flash at launch could be a killer for me. I want a device that will play the media on sites like the BBC. The original A5 does, if a little jerkily…

    Kam Reply:

    Ditto that, no flash no go I’m afraid. I’ll just wait till flash support is up & running before getting one. It’ll be a bit cheaper by then aswell I assume.

  9. Mike Cane says:

    >>>Looking like a real iPod killer.

    Ha! Keep dreaming! As soon as I saw the filenames for the videos I knew it was a FAIL. People just don’t want to SEE that stuff. They don’t want to have to figure out if the damned video they’re putting on it will work or not. They just WANT IT TO WORK, PERIOD.

    I just the other day plopped a video on my LifeDrive and had TCPMP complain that the AUDIO CODEC wasn’t supported! What a PITA! Who wants to go through that? No one.

    Charbax Reply:

    Ipod supports NO video codec. Archos supports ALL video and audio codecs.

    That’s exactly right, all videos will simply WORK on Archos while it takes days to encode all your movies and TV shows to make them work on an ipod.

  10. Jan says:

    wonder if archos 5 will have driver support for windows7 too. Or it that linux only?

    Charbax Reply:

    Archos is recognized as an external hard drive by any OS. No need for drivers.

  11. gfchjvkn says:

    without a real mobile OS i dont care, unforunately it cant run OSX-M/WebOS but it at least needs Android.

  12. squirrel says:

    Is it possible to install Androis software on it?

    turn.self.off Reply:

    it seems it comes with its own app store, as the larger screen may or may not work with existing android apps.

    that said, it seems they have not stopped the user from manually downloading a app, and installing it that way.

    Charbax Reply:

    Yup it looks like you can just download any app and simply install it by double clicking on the .apk file of any Android application.

  13. squirrel says:

    More info about Archos phone tablet:
    3G
    Android
    4.3-inch touschscreen
    1GHz ARM Cortex processor

    Why dont combine 3G and 1Ghz with 4,8″ screen?

  14. squirrel says:

    can anyone make clear: is GPS built in or it’s in the special dock-station?

    Marc Reply:

    It’s listed on the UK site (only lists 32GB at £275 and 160GB at £300) to order now.

    http://www.archos.com/store/psearch.html?country=gb&lang=en&prod_id=archos5it

    There is this comment:

    7-day free trial for the GPS software

    So I would imagine it’s now built in.

    List a ‘DVR Station – ARCHOS 5 IT’ suggesting the current Archos 5 station won;t work… :(

  15. Gaz says:

    Phone looks interesting will have too wait until CES tho which suck as i am ready to Upgrade in October. Will have too see what leaked info come out.

  16. squirrel says:

    Is it clear for anybody, what’s with USB and USB host?

    is USB only for media files transfer ?!
    http://www.archos.com/products/imt/archos_5it/accessories.html?country=ru&lang=en&p=minidock

    USB Host is avalable only with at least mini-dock station
    https://store.archos.com/product_info.php

    Archos has 2 OS – one proprietary for multimedia and new Android for web!
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352832,00.asp
    that’s why you still have to pay for HD-codecs
    Is web with Flash 9 still available for proprietary OS?

    Archos 5 IT doesn’t have FM radio?! oh….

    182 gm is great, but the price! (no: cameras, 3G, USB host OTB, radio)
    I would prefer 300 gm but will all that…

  17. Tom Swan says:

    Archos 5 Internet Tablet info. 229 for 8GB SSD. Available tomorrow … http://bit.ly/NfHOe

  18. turn.self.off says:

    ugh, it seems the usb host mode is only available thru the mini-docks (and why no vga/dvi?!)…

    still, it may be because the device itself cant supply enough to power a usb stick or similar. But it could also be archos typical nickle and dime way…

    squirrel Reply:

    Is is true that you can connect USB Flash to mini-dock only when it connected to power? It it also true for dock, that has battery?

    turn.self.off Reply:

    no clue…

  19. MÁSmovil says:

    El nuevo Archos 5, a punto de salir a la venta: http://ow.ly/pA6T

  20. squirrel7 says:

    Is it clear for anybody, what’s with USB and USB host?

    is USB only for media files transfer ?!
    http://www.archos.com/products/imt/archos_5it/accessories.html?country=ru&lang=en&p=minidock

    USB Host is avalable only with at least mini-dock station
    https://store.archos.com/product_info.php

    Archos has 2 OS – one proprietary for multimedia and new Android for web!
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352832,00.asp
    maybe that’s why you still have to pay for HD-codecs
    Is web with Flash 9 still available for proprietary OS?

    182 gm is great, but the “price” you pay for that! (no: cameras, 3G, USB host OTB, radio)
    I would prefer 300 gm but will all that…

  21. squirrel says:

    http://www.archos.com/store/index.html?country=gb&lang=en

    only 32Gb and 160Gb versions are available((

  22. turn_self_off says:

    after some comments on talk.maemo.org, i ended up digging about how archos merged media playback and android, and bumped into these:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352832,00.asp
    http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/hands-on-archos-5-android-internet-tablet-review-635738

    the pcmag article claims archos told them the device is running a dual os setup, and the techradar one talks about how some elements of the UI changed appearance when firing up the media player.

    and there may be some truth to it, as when i went back and looked at the videos, there where a noticeable “blink” when the media player is launched, almost as if there was a mode change on the display.

    squirrel Reply:

    No Android market! That’s a pity! And that’s beacuse of no compass and camera…

  23. Jay says:

    Hate to say it but ya, i’m sick of adding money for plugins and their stupid proprietary usb cables and the non swapable battery. The 605 battery life sucked! Enjoy.

    turn.self.off Reply:

    from what i can tell, this time round its a standard mini or micro-usb…