We all knew it was coming, Android powered MP3 players to go up against Apple's iPod. ARCHOS is unveiling these two bad boys at CES next week. The ARCHOS 28 and ARCHOS 32 are internet ready "tablets" that boast 8Mb of storage and the ability to access chat, social networking, play 3D games, and even take pictures. The ARCHOS 28 is 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.35 inches and the ARCHOS 32 is 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.3 inches, and both have an accelerometer, open GL tech, and video playback.
They preload NAPSTER for music downloads, Ebuddy to keep in touch with your friends, and they also namedrop Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. With the 28 going for $99.99 and the 32 for $149.99 it is right in line with "other" closed platform MP3 players. I wonder what they are hinting at. I can't wait to see these out in the wild. Check out the full press release below.
Denver, Colorado - December 29, 2010 - ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market today will show ARCHOS 28 and 32 pocket sized internet tablets at CES. The ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets, revolutionize the world of MP3/MP4 players by adding a WiFi connection and the Android framework for the price of a standard MP3 player. With 8GB of storage, users can play and listen to over 4000 songs anywhere and with a variety of Android based applications they can also chat, game and partake in social networking from at home or on the go. These pocket sized tablets (28 internet tablet measures 3.9" x 2.1" x 0.35" and the 32 internet tablet measures 4.1" x 2.1" x 0.3") are available for $99.99 MSRP for the ARCHOS 28 internet tablet and $149.99 MSRP for the ARCHOS 32 internet tablet at ARCHOS.com.
All You Can PlayStore, play and discover more music with free access to all the great music applications such as Napster. The ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets allow you to discover new artists, listen to old favorites and have access to millions of songs. Users can easily access music from these open-platform MP3 players at a comparable price to MP3 players with closed platforms. ARCHOS also includes their Music Cover Carrousel, a built-in music application that allows users to browse through album covers and add widgets to the home screen for instant access to media controls. "We are proud to release the first connected Android PMP players with the ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets" says Henri Crohas, CEO and Founder. MP3/MP4 users can now listen to their music while chatting and socializing with friends on the internet for an affordable price.
More than a PMP player: stay connected with your BuddiesWith Android as an operating system, application options are unlimited in these pocket size devices. Users will enjoy chatting, social networking and gaming with either of these tablets. Ebuddy, a preloaded app can be accessed directly from home and allows users to stay in touch with friends with ease. Photo fantastics [did they mean fanatics? --ed] can also easily capture their greatest memories and post them directly on their favorite social Media web site such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. There's also an email application to stay in touch and users can play all the greatest games including 3D games thanks to the built-in accelerometer and 3D open GL technology. Lastly, multimedia fans can also enjoy playing their favorite videos.For more information about the ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets and other ARCHOS products visit www.ARCHOS.com.
About ARCHOSARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000 and since that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touch screens to Portable Media Players. ARCHOS has also introduced the Internet Media Tablet range -- the 5, 5g and 7 -- offering users instant, uncompromising access to the internet, media content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the Unites States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479. www.ARCHOS.com