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Archos is well known for their various size PMP’s and Media Tablet devices. A few months ago their was speculation of an Archos 5 Tablet phone slated for late 09 release or early 2010. So far no word on a release date or any pricing, but some more information has slipped out. The case manufacturer Noreve has a link on their site for an Archos 5 case that is in the works or out of stock. Sources state that this company usually has some pretty reliable sources, meaning that the case could be ready before phone’s release. Which is really not uncommon anymore.
The Archos 5 tablet phone is an Android device that runs on some pretty hefty hardware . So far we know that there is a 1GHz ARM CPU, a large 4.3″ touchscreen (854X480), Wifi BGN, and BT. There is no suggestion on what bands are supported on the phone, but we do know that the device adds HSDPA/HSUPA 3.5G as a connectivity option. The whole package is also only 10mm thick, which is just a tad thicker than the Nexus One but not as thick as an iPhone. The specs suggest the phone could meet the new “superphone” standards right in line with the Nexus, Droid, among a few others. The difference could be the spin that Archos puts on the device whether it be some new Hardware, Software, or UI changes. Speculation suggests memory may match the current Archos 5 internal flash memory at 16, 32, or 64GB.
In a cutthroat mobile industry, this phone may or may not make it. The specs are good, the OS is good, we’ll have see what Archos adds the make this a unique device. If this really is a PMP, that means that your gonna do some movie watching or streaming, and usually means a huge drain on the battery. Hopefully we’ll see more of this device at MWC and put some of these rumors and speculations to bed. I think it could be a pretty sweet phone, but with new stuff from Sony, Apple, HTC, and Motorola, this phone hopefully offers something nothing else has.
Check out our own review of the Archos 5