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ARCHOS has announced its mobile strategy for the remainder of the year, highlighting tablets and smartphones that - hmm, to put this delicately - should appeal to a wide range of users. ARCHOS has been making Android tablets since before most of the major players, so it's typically worth checking out what they have to offer.

At the top of the list, we have the ARCHOS 101 XS 2, the successor to last year's ARCHOS 101 XS. This tablet comes with a quad-core processor and IPS screen. Like its predecessor, it still features a magnetic keyboard dock that doubles as a cover. The Platinum line of tablets continues with the 97b Platinum HD, which comes with Android 4.2 and a display resolution of 2048 x 1536. There's also an option for kids, the ARCHOS ChildPad, that will offer a customized interface, parental controls, and Google Play content filtering.

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The company's new flagship smartphone is the ARCHOS 50 Oxygen, which comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, an IPS display, 16GB of storage, Android 4.2, and a 13MP camera. The device will ship without any custom skins, something that should appeal to a great deal of our readers, but until we get price details, we're unsure if there will be any reason to buy this over a Nexus device.

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ARCHOS has also announced a successor to the GamePad, the creatively-named GamePad 2. No details have been provided thus far, but if it doesn't offer more storage space and a longer lasting battery, don't get too excited. The company will unveil more information about its product line at IFA next month, so we'll see what we find out then.

 

IFA 2013: ARCHOS Confirms Mobile Connected Strategy with Innovative Tablet and Smartphone Lineup

ARCHOS will use Android expertise to expand 3G tablet, smartphone range and connected objects

Denver, CO – August 29, 2013 - ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, announces its tablet and smartphone strategy for year-end 2013.  Leveraging its four years of Android expertise, ARCHOS has optimized its product development aiming at offering innovative products based on Android and focused into the mobility segment, from tablets and smartphones to connected objects.

“This combination of innovation, value for money and rich product portfolio should allow ARCHOS to further increase its market share in the coming months,” said Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.

CONTINUING TABLET INNOVATION: Powerful, Google certified tablets with HD screens

The Platinum range - featuring Quad-Core processors, sleek Aluminum design, wireless display technology and IPS screens up to 2048 x 1536 running Android 4.2.

The new Gen11 tablet, the ARCHOS 101xs2, is designed for performance, media playback and productivity. Powered by a quad-core processor with HD IPS screen it also features front-facing dual stereo speakers and ARCHOS’ unique magnetic keyboard functionality.

RENEWING THE THEMED TABLET RANGE: products designed for specific use

Unique to the new line of themed devices is a home screen application developed by ARCHOS that curates the more than 1 million apps inside of Google Play™. Here each user can discover a selection of apps that best fits the purpose of the tablet making it easier for the end user to find the right content.

The new ARCHOS ChildPad range features a user interface designed for kids, Google Play filtered for kids, full parental controls and will run Android 4.2.  Additionally, this range will feature the 101 Childpad designed to bridge the gap from the digital world of the tablet to content in the real world using magnetic figurines.

For gamers, the new ARCHOS GamePad 2 is the perfect combination of Android tablet and gaming console with access to thousands of the latest games. More device details to be released soon.

EXPANDING ANDROID EXPERTISE TO 3G TABLETS & SMARTPHONES

Expanding its deep Android expertise and answering user demand, ARCHOS is moving full speed ahead enhancing its existing line of 3G and 3G + tablets.

The new ARCHOS Xenon Range of three tablets will feature HD screens, up to Quad-Core CPUs, and will run Android 4.2 offering 3G connected devices cheaper than Apple or Samsung WiFi tablets.

The new ARCHOS Smartphone line will include the Oxygen range, additions to the Platinum range and the Titanium range. All smartphones will feature pure un-skinned Android OS, Google Certification.

The flagship smartphone, the ARCHOS 50 oxygen, features a full HD IPS screen, Quad-Core CPU at 1.5 GHz, 16GB storage, Android 4.2 and 13MP back camera and a 5 MP front camera.

The Titanium range, starting at 99 Euros with a 4 inch screen, will feature Dual-Core CPUs, Bluetooth, GPS, Dual SIM card slots, Android 4.2, 5MP back cameras and 0.3 MP front cameras.

ARCHOS will further detail and unveil this product strategy on their stand at IFA .You can visit ARCHOS at IFA 2013 - Hall 17, Stand 106. More details will be provided upon each product release at www.archos.com.

In the near future, next steps in ARCHOS product strategy will be to enrich its smartphone lineup with the addition of 4G LTE models and to develop a full range of Connected Objects, including a unique Smart Watch concept.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Logan Jinks

    I'm not sure anything Archos produces can be considered "Flagship" material.

    • Danny Davis

      At one point, the same was said about Samsung and LG...

      • Logan Jinks

        Samsung really did have flagships starting with the original Galaxy S line going forward. You are correct about LG though.

        Archos still hasn't produced a product that has clicked with the mass consumer market. They could have had something really awesome with their GamePad tablet, but used too many cheap components.

        • Danny Davis

          And Samsung used many cheap products with the GS1. Worse GPS even worse plastic. The only positive that was going was the AMOLED screen. Their flagship phone was far from a great phone. It was trash. All I'm saying is Archos is being really dedicated to the Android ecosystem and the specs are nice considering. I don't expect them to greatly be up to par with the higher end brands but i think they have a better niche in the market than most other brand.

  • Matthew Fry

    Honestly, there's no reason anyone should buy anything other than the Nexus 4 right now. 200 bucks for a mid-high end phone. Nobody can top that.

  • Wesley

    Archos lied about previous releases, they just never got released. I'll believe this report when I see the actual products in stores.

  • steelew

    I bought the titanium 80 for the wife and it SUCKS, super laggy and no root. still running 4.1.1 (from the start) I wish I would have waited or even got her an ipad mini/nexus 7