PMP-Maker Archos to Enter Phone Business with Android
Archos, a name in the portable media player (PMP) business, has unveiled an internet tablet with a 4.3-inch display and Android as its brains recently, but the firm has bigger plans with a teaser into a slim 10 mm thick phone in the future.
The recently unveiled Internet Tablet, called the Archos 5, runs Android and has a decent screen to navigate the web over WiFi and play music, videos, and browse photos. If the phone is to adopt a similar profile, it will be more of a data-centric device than anything else.
Dedicated device makers coming to the smartphone space is nothing new. The suits over at Garmin-Asus has brought their GPS expertise into the Nuvifone line, making the Nuvifone models foremost a GPS and second a phone. It’s unclear if this is the same intention that Archos has for their smartphone–to build a PMP first and foremost and have the phone feature be a secondary option for consumers. This would make sense as the 4.3-inch screen may be a bit on the large side to use as a phone. Even the thin, but large Toshiba TG01, which runs Windows Mobile, capped out at a 4-inch display.
Archos’ smartphone will try to also cram a 1 GHz ARM chipset and 3G with an odd resolution at 854 X 480 pixels.