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Archos Flip hands-on overview. 249 Euro, and not too bad at all!


After testing the Archos Flip (which doesn’t look like a Lenovo Yoga BTW!) I’m disappointed that Archos are only planning to release this in France. Obviously if it sells well it will move to other European countries but I doubt it will happen this year. Here’s a rundown of my hands-on experience with it.

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The IFA 2015 kitlist and watchlist.


I’m here in Berlin for 5 days covering what’s usually the most interesting consumer technology show of the year. IFA 2015 opens on Thursday but before it does there are two days of press events to get through. Here’s a rundown of events, technologies and manufacturers.

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The IFA 2015 kit-list.

My kit comprises the Surface Pro 3 (long-term loan from Intel. Full review here. Watch out for bargains as the Surface Pro 4 gets nearer.) running Windows 10. I’ve got the Lumia 830 smartphone (long-term loan from Microsoft with original OS) as my notifications and chat tool but it will also be used for quick videos, social media pics and map/transit information.

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad 8 tablet as a backup PC but that will stay in my room. A USB power-pack and a MiFi unit will be serving roaming WiFi when needed.

The camera is still the excellent Panasonic Lumix FZ150 bridge camera with a low-cost wired lapel mic and CN-160 dimmable lighting unit which mounts on the hotshoe.

Apart from the Surface Pro 3,5 this isn’t a high-end set of equipment but it’s well-tested now and reasonably mobile. Unfortunately I’ll need to take the charger for the Surface Pro 3 along with mini USB hub and SD card adapter. The Surface Pro 4 needs a full SD card slot and 8 hours battery life!

Full HD video editing will be done with Cyberlink Power Director 12 which I’ve always got on well with and always seen excellent rendering speed through its support of Intel Quick Sync video encoding hardware. It’s not expensive and it can do more than I need it to do.

The IFA watch-list

I won’t be covering smart watches, smartphones or smart home equipment for my site so I’ve got a short list of devices to watch out for. The main focus for me will be around Core M and Atom X5 / X7 tablets, 2-in-1 and ultrabooks. The ASUS Zenbook UX305, for example, could get a Core M Skylake update. We might see an updated T100 Chi, and of course I’m looking forward to getting hands-on with the already popular Asus Transformer Book T100HA.

Lenovo will have a set up updates and the Lenovo Yoga 900 is hotly anticipated. An updated Thinkpad 8 with Atom X7 would be nice to see too. Speaking of Lenovo, what about that Archos Flip? Is it really a Yoga 2 11?

HP should have a few Skylake laptops and 2-in-1’s and I’ll be looking out for the Spectre X2 and Pavilion X360. The Dell XPS 13 will need a Skylake update if it’s to stay up in the list of top Ultrabooks too.

Toshiba are usually strong at IFA but I have no tips on their ultramobile products yet.

 

Microsoft has planned an event here but I’m not sure what to expect there. I’m certainly not expecting Surface Pro 4!

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New Archos Flip. Strangely Yoga-like with Atom X5 for €249


At first this might look a little strange. The Archos Flip is launching at IFA next week. Take a look…

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The Archos Flip looks like the Lenovo Yoga 2 11

 

Yes it’s looking like the Lenovo Yoga 2 11, but only in casing. The Archos Flip has a few interesting specifications that are definitely not in the Yoga 2.

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Intel Compute Stick as a low-cost web-working solution.


Update Jan 2020: The Intel Compute Stick is still getting updates, still works and runs for 24 hours on a 44Wh smartphone powerbank. More details below.

At $149  this is an interesting Windows 8.1 PC but when you know it weighs just 54 grams /  0.116 pounds it becomes a bit of an eye opener. The Intel Compute Stick, and its branded variants, are starting to become available in the market and I’ve had one for testing (from Intel) for the last two weeks. It’s not a tablet and it’s not a desktop. It’s not even a mini PC. This is a PC sealed inside a pocketable stick that can be plugged into an HDMI port on your monitor, powered by USB and used with a keyboard and mouse. It runs Windows 8.1 and can be upgraded to Windows 10. You will not find anything with this flexibility at this price, but is it powerful enough? I’ve been running tests on the Compute Stick and wanted to focus on one aspect that will interest a lot of people – web working.

Intel Compute Stick - 56 grams of PC.
Intel Compute Stick – 56 grams of PC.
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Intel Compute Stick and Ainol Mini PC compared


I’m testing the Intel Compute Stick and the Ainol Mini PC. These two ultramobile PCs have exactly the same processing platform but completely different use cases. My analysis and video follows.

Intel Compute Stick and Ainol Mini PC. Same CPU, different markets.

Intel Compute Stick and Ainol Mini PC. Same CPU, different markets.

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Android Tablets and Aligning Stars – From a UMPC Perspective


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Since the decline of the ultra mobile PC  market there have been very very few handheld computing choices that have offered the same flexibility.  Yes, UMPCs never had fantastic mobile battery life and were relatively big and ultimately failed but there’s still a big requirement for mobile, productive and flexible computing that’s not solved by ARM-based mobile computing solutions. IOS is off-limits to many people looking for UMPC-like flexibility and Android simply doesn’t have the quality software. The Google Nexus 7 could, however, change the economics and finally give ISVs a good reason to invest in high quality mobile productivity software packages for Android. Google in investing heavily into the OS, the cloud services and the applications and the important 3.x+ user base (Fragments-capable end devices) is growing fast. With the growing 4-7 inch ecosystem that Android is doing so well in comes more requirement and confidence in bringing new and niche designs to the market. The stars are aligning for handheld PC fans.

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Deal, Today Only: Archos 101 G9 Turbo for $259, Official Upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS Available


Sellout.Woot has the Archos 101 G9 Turbo on sale (for one day only, as is Woot’s style) for a reasonable $259 (permalink). The price has been dropped $20 from when we saw the same product on sale from Woot back in February for $279. This is a brand new 8GB WiFi-only version of the Archos 101 G9, though, unlike most tablets, you can add data connectivity thanks to a USB modem that can be optionally added after purchase. The ‘Turbo’ in the name denotes that this unit is clocked to 1.5GHz instead of 1.2GHz (an arbitrary limitation as far as we can tell). The cheapest you’ll be able to find the Archos 101 G9 from Amazon is currently $302, which means the Woot deal will save you $43 (14%) off that price.

The Archos 101 G9 has a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1280×800 screen, and comes pre-installed with Android 3.2 Honeycomb — but fear not, you can upgrade the Archos 101 G9 (or Archos 80 G9 for that matter) to Android 4.0 Honeycomb with an update offered officially from Archos which you can download by selecting your product right here.

You can find a detailed list of specs and more at the Archos 101 G9 tracking page in our mobile device database.

Deal Alert, Today Only: Archos 101 G9 Turbo Tablet for $279


The Archos 101 G9 is a unique Android tablet that Woot is selling today for just $279. Woot, as you should know by now, is the famous deal-a-day site that loves to run a good tablet deal every once and a while. Today, jokingly, Woot’s headline reads “You asked for it, and now we’re giving it to you! Starting today Woot sells nothing but tablets!” and while we hope that never actually comes to fruition, we do enjoy seeing the occasional tablet deal.

Today is one of those days with the Archos 101 G9. This 10.1″ tablet stands out with several unique features. For one, it’s got a built-in stand to keep it propped up. Then there’s the (optional) USB 3G module which is added via USB and will accept any standard SIM card (and can also be used on any USB-equipped computer). The G9 series is also the first from Archos to include Android Market support and full Google apps. And of course, the price — it’s affordable (especially with this deal from Woot)!

While the Archos 101 G9 comes pre-installed with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Archos has recently said that they’d be updating the G9 tablets over the air to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Here are the full specs:

Capacity: Internal: 8GB Flash Memory
External: microSDHC Slot (Up to 32GB)
Display: 10.1″ TFT LCD High Resolution Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
Application Framework: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Processor: ARM Dual-Core CORTEX A9 OMAP4 1.5GHz
3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
Video Playback: MPEG-4 HD (up to 1080p)
MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 1080p)
WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 1080p)With optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com):
Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP, WMV
Audio Playback: MP3
WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
AAC, AAC+ 5.1
OGG Vorbis
FLACWith optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com):
AC3 5.1
Photo Viewer: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles: .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub
Webcam: 720p Front Facing (with 720p encoding)
Interfaces: USB Slave 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
USB Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
microSD (SDHC compatible)
mini HDMI Output (cable not included)
Communication Protocols: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Miscellaneous: Built-in GPS
Built-in Speakers
Built-in Kick Stand
Built-in Microphone
G-Sensor
Vibrator
Compass
Power Source: Internal: Lithium Polymer Battery
External: Power Adapter/Charger
Battery Life: Music playback time: up to 36 hours
Video playback time: up to 7 hours
Web surfing: up to 10 hours
Dimensions: 10.86″(W) x 6.59″(H) x 0.5″(D)
Weight: 23.8oz

 

If you’re interested in the Archos 101 G9, here are some reviews to consider before making a decision:

Ice Cream Sandwich preview on Archos G9 – Video


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With the Archos G9 series starting at £200 in the UK you have to give this a little look. Ice Cream Sandwich is being promised for early 2012 but @Charbax has seen a preview.

“Archos is showing a preview of Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the OMAP4 based Archos G9 tablets to be finalized during Q1 of 2012. They still have to finish the hardware acceleration for video support, Samba/Upnp, 3G stick support and all of the other specific features that Archos provides on top of Android. ”

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Archos 80 G9 Hands-on


Chippy goes hands-on with the upcoming Archos 80 G9 [specs sheet]. Overview of Archos’ new G9 tablets here.

Lowest Capacity Archos G9 Tablets Will be Slower Than Others, But Why? (also, EU pricing confirmed)


archos-g9-tablets1We’re really looking forward to Archos’ new G9 tablets, their inexpensive price and unique features are going make them a welcomed addition to the world of Honeycomb tablets.

As Charbax of ARMdevices.net shows us, the TI OMAP 4460 found in the G9 tablets will run at different speeds depending upon the capacity (and the price) of the tablet that you purchase.

When Archos first announced the Archos 80 G9 and the 101 G9, they were said to eventually be available in 8/16/250GB capacities, while other specs would remain the same. However, at IDF they are now showing that the 8GB variant of both models will run at 1GHz instead of 1.5GHz.

The lower capacity makes sense to bring down the price even further and offer additional choice to customers. What I don’t quite understand is the lower clock speed. As far as I can tell, the 8GB model of the 80 and 101 is still running the same CPU as the 16/250GB models. Feel free to correct me on this, but I can’t think of any additional fee that would be incurred to use a different clock speed on the CPU, so I have to wonder why they are lowering the speed on the 8GB variants.

My best theory is that Archos wants the more expensive models to be the most appealing, and give an additional incentive for going with one of the higher capacity units. If that’s the case, I can’t help but feel like they’re artificially giving users of the 8GB variants the shaft, though I’m hoping there is something less dubious behind it.

Archos confirmed US pricing for the 16GB variants of the 80 and 101 back when they were first announced; $270 and $349 respectively, and we should see the other models officially priced soon. Charbax has the official EU prices for all models here. The G9 80 and 101 will become available at the end of September, according to Archos.

Chippy is on the IDF show floor and we’ll see if he can get this question about the CPU speed answered for us.

Screen Size Analysis (Sub 12″) August 2011


This is the seventh report on sizing trends in PCs below 12 inch screen size (and above 5 inch) appearing in the German market through the popular price comparison engine, Geizhals.at (*1) The last one was done in Feb 2011. Once again we’ve seen a big jump in overall numbers. The 7″ segment and 10″ segment have grown while the 11″ segment has shrunk. The 10″ market dominates more in this report than it did in the report of Feb 2011 although there is a clear trend occurring in the 7″ space where growth in products has occurred in all of the last 4 reports.

Number of SKUs in the market

The number of choices in the mobile screen space (above smartphones) has grown over 2x from approx 240 SKUs to over 630 SKUs.

 

Screen size distribution

The big jump in numbers is clear to see from the top graph. Total numbers jumped by 115 with most of that growth coming from the tablet form factor and the 10″ netbook/notebook sector. Big increases in the 7″ tablet sector (now the biggest number so far) and a reduction in the numbers of 11″ devices mean that  percentage distribution has changed a lot. The iPad2 introduction caused the growth in the 9″ segment.

In the 10″ netbook space which accounts for 75% of the 10″ category there are now 18 AMD C-Series SKUs and 315 Atom SKUs. 64 of the Atom-based devices (20%) use the high-end N570 version.

In interesting statistic is that 1 in 5 devices on the market in the 5-11″ segment are from ASUS.

Across all categories, ARM-based CPU designs account for  23% of all devices, almost exclusively in the tablet sector. It will be interesting to see how that changes over the next 2 years with the introduction of Windows for the ARM processor.

In terms of weight, the tablets mean that the average weight of a device has gone down.  28% of the devices weigh under 1KG.

Meego appears for the first time along with the cheapest and lightest netbook ever launched. The ASUS Eee PC X101.

Chromebooks did not enter the sub 12″ screen space yet. (Acer 700 not available in Germany)

Sandy Bridge (2nd Generation Intel Core CPUs) enters the sector with 14 SKUs from 5 devices.

Total number of tablet form-factor devices:  193 (30% of total)

Cheapest devices:

  • X86/Windows Laptop – Eee PCR101D at 199 Euros. (Was: Samsung N145 at 228 Euro)
  • Non-Windows Laptop (X86-CPU) –  Eee PC X101 (Meego) at 169 Euros
  • ARM Tablet – Debitel One Pad  (Android 1.5) at 59 Euro
  • X86/Windows Tablet – Archos 9 at 370 Euros (was 402 Euros)

In terms of netbook trends, the search and news volumes seem to be steady after their large drop in Q1 (see Google Trends.) Numbers of devices in the market have increased and obviously the introduction of Cedar Trail in Q4 will create news, products and searches in the netbook category. The trend for netbook products, news and search is going to be level-to-rising for Q4 That may, or may not, relate to sales numbers.

In terms of handheld PCs, our focus here at UMPCPortal, it’s a sad story. The online market is now almost totally clear of 5-9″ X86-based Windows devices. It will be interesting to see how the Windows 8 market affects this in 2012.

Warning: Please remember that this is a single data-source analysis of what is happenning today, in the German market. This is not a complete market analysis report. You may use the data and images but please also reference this article which includes this warning.

*1 Based on SKUs, not model families. Data taken from Geizhals  An English language (and UK market) version of Geizhals is available at Skinflint.

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