Archos is bringing a new line of low-cost Android tablets with dual core processors to market this year under the Archos Titanium brand. That’s not to be confused with the slightly pricier Archos Platinum quad-core tablets, which should also hit the streets soon.
The first few Archos Titanium tablets have started popping up at the FCC this month, with listings for the Archos 70 Titanium and Archos 101 Titanium tablets, with 7 and 10 inch screens, respectively.
Archos plans to sell the 7 inch model for $119, while the larger Archos 101 will sell for $199.
The company also has a 9.7 inch model with a Retina-like 2048 x 1536 pixel display, but that model will run $249.
Every tablet in the Titanium range will be powered by a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor with Mali 400 quad-core graphics. They’ll also ship with Android Jelly Bean software, the Google Play Store, and Archos Media Center.
There’s still no word on when the new tablets will go on sale in the US.
The Ramos W42 is a tablet with a 9.4 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and the same quad-core processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It’s also a lot cheaper than the Galaxy S III, since you can pick one up from Pandawill for $247 – no contract necessary.
Pandawill was kind enough to send me a unit to review, and while I haven’t had a chance to fully test its battery life and other real-world performance characteristics, I did run some benchmarks… and it’s one of the fastest Android devices I’ve used to date.
That’s not surprising, given that the Ramos 42 has a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Mali 400 graphics. But it’s good to see that the benchmarks are consistent with what you’d expect from that processor.
You never really know what to expect when you’re importing a low-cost Chinese tablet.
The Ramos W42 also has a decent IPS display with wide viewing angles — and text and pictures look a little sharper on a 9.4 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display than on a 10.1 inch screen with the same resolution.
I do have a few concerns so far. The touchscreen isn’t quite as responsive as I’d like — it regularly fails to notice letters when I’m tapping on the keyboard. I’m also not expecting the 10 hours of battery life you’d get from a high-end tablet. Ramos estimates that the W42 should last for 6 to 7 hours, which I plan to test soon.
The tablet has a plastic case which is a little thicker than those you’d find on some tablets, but it feels pretty sturdy and at 1.15 pounds, it’s easy to grip in your hands, which makes it a decent size and shape for reading books, watching videos, or playing games.
The Ramos W42 supports WiFi and Bluetooth and has cameras on the front and bac. It has a microUSB port, microSD card slot, but no HDMI output.
With a starting price around $350, Asus Transformer Pad TF300T is the cheapest 10 inch Android tablet with a quad-core processor that Asus offers in the United States… at least until the MeMO Pad ME301T hit the US.
But right now you can pick up a refurbished TF300T for as little as $250.
Here are some of the day’s best deals on tablets, notebooks, and accessories.
- Refurb Asus Transformer Pad TF300T 16GB tablet for $250 after rebate – TigerDirect
- Refurb Asus Transformer Pad TF300T 32GB tablet for $280 after rebate – TigerDirect
- Refurb Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7″ Android 2.3 tablet for $78 – Lenovo (via Dealnews)
- Refurb Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 9.7″ Android 4.0 tablet for $161 – Lenovo (via Dealnews)
- Samsung Series 5 13.3″ ultrabook w/Core i3 + touchscreen for $600 - Best Buy
- Samsung Series 5 Slim 13.3″ notebook w/AMD A6 for $450 after rebate – TigerDirect
- Lenovo IdeaPad S300 13.3″ notebook w/Celeron 887 for $349 – Lenovo (coupon: USPS3240124)
- Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook w/Core i5 for $650 - Dell (Coupon: LP547Q$P85ZKLF)
- Asus mini Bluetooth 2.0 USB adapter for $4 after rebate – Newegg (coupon: EMCXVXW83)
You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.
Archos is taking another swing at the smart clock radio space with the Arnova SoundPad. It’s basically what you’d get if you fused a 7 inch Android tablet with a small stand and a set of desktop speakers.
In other words, it’s like a big, next-generation Archos 35 Home Connect.
The Arnova SoundPad features a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display and a capacitive touch panel.
While the specs are a bit underwhelming by today’s tablet standards, I wouldn’t expect anyone to use the Arnova SoundPad for serious gaming or other tasks that require a faster processor. A Cortex-A8 chip should be fast enough to handle audio and video playback as well as some light web browsing, video chat, or other basic tasks.
The SoundPad supports both WiFi and Ethernet connections, features a mic and front-facing webcam, a microUSB port, and a microSD card slot in case the 8GB of built-in storage isn’t enough for you.
The SoundPad isn’t available in the US yet, but you can pre-order one from Amazon Germany for 150 Euros, or about $205 US.
The Asus MeMO Pad ME301T is a 10 inch Android tablet which is positioned as a lower-cost alternative to the company’s Transformer Pad tablets. It has a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display.
While the 10 inch MeMO Pad isn’t available for purchase in the US, it’s starting to show up in Germany, Italy, and other parts of Europe, where it sells for about €349 – or about €50 less than the cheapest Transformer Pad tablet.
According to Notebook Italia, some models may also sell for as little as €299 – although it’s not clear yet what the suggested retail price is… sometimes stores jump the gun a bit in setting their own pricing for new products like this.
The MeMO Pad ME301T comes in several colors including white, blue, and pink. All models have WiFi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI and micro USB ports, GPS and a 5MP rear and 1.2Mp front camera.
A month after PlayJam launched a campaign to raise money for a new inexpensive Android-based video game console, the Kickstarter campaign for the GameStick has ended after surpassing the original goal by nearly 648 percent.
PlayJam was originally hoping to get about $100,000 in pledges from backers interesting pre-ordering the $79 game console, but ended up with $647,658 in pledges.
That falls pretty far short of the $8.6 million raised by the Ouya team — another group creating an Android-based video game console. But it does show that there might be room for more than two different consoles designed to let you play Android-based games on a TV.
While the Ouya console is a $99 set-top-box that ships with a wireless gamepad and a custom user interface for downloading and playing games, the GameStick is… pretty much the same thing, but with a different user interface, a different controller, and a stick-shaped game console that has an HDMI port at one end, allowing you to plug the game console directly into your TV.
PlayJam is emphasizing portability with the GameStick. When you’re not using the game console you can actually slide it right into a slot in the gamepad for storage. That means you can carry your game console with you and use it on virtually any TV.
In the future the company also plans to offer wireless display support so that you can play games without even removing the stick from the gamepad and plugging it into the TV.
The GameStick features an Amlogic AM8726-MX ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, WiFi, HDMI, and Bluetooth. It runs a customized version of Google Android Jelly Bean.
PlayJam expects to ship the first GameStick units in April. Folks who didn’t get a chance to order one during the Kickstarter fundraising campaign will soon be able to place pre-orders at GameStick.tv.
You can pre-order one now for $173, and kits are expected to start shipping April 25th, 2013.
The kit features a flying machine with a motor, battery, four propellers, sensors a wireless radio and more — with some assembly required. The platform is open, so not only is the firmware source code available for viewing and modifying, but the hardware schematics are also available.
You can use a standard microUSB cable to charge the battery, a PS3 compatible joystick to control the machine. there are sensors for detecting altitude and heading — but there’s currently no software to support those sensors. This is a developer kit after all, so the idea is to get the hardware into the hands of folks who can write software to make it more useful.
The kit can be connected to a PC for programming, and it supports Windows and Linux.
The Crazyflie Nano is a tiny, light-weight quadcopter that weighs just 19 grams (about 2/3rds of an ounce) and which can lift items of 5 to 10 grams… if you happen to have any extremely light-weight items you need to transport.
Unfortunately the included 170mAh battery only provides enough power to fly the Crazyflie Nano for about 7 minutes… which I understand is about par for the course with this sort of device. The good news is that it takes just about 20 minutes to fully recharge the battery.
While the upcoming MeCAM is expected to sell for less than a third the price of the Crazyflie Nano, this open source dev kit will be available first and it could be a much more versatile solution for folks looking to assemble and program their own tiny flying machines.
via Hacker News