By Richard Menta 8/21/08
Archos unveiled its sixth generation Archos players yesterday, continuing its reign as the most sophisticated portable audio/video devices around (and that includes the wonderful iPod touch). The 5 series sports a 5" 800 x 480 display that handles MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video, as well as WMV, WMV-HD, DIVX, and M-JPEG formats. Furthermore, A HiDef video software plug-in is available for $20 that allows you playback 720p video resolution at 24 fps MPEG4 and WMV formats. On the audio side, the 5 and 5G handle the MP3/ACC/WMA/WAV codecs. The ARM® Cortex superscaler processor is offered to provide fast web browsing for this Wi-Fi player as well as seemless video delivery.
One of the real feature gems of the Archos Internet media Tablets is the fact that they offer the ability to access. 3G and 3.5G (HSDPA) cellular data connections. The difference between the 5G unit, versus the straight 5 aand 7 players is that those units require the addition of a 3G USB modem from you mobile carrier. The 5G has it all built-in with a sim card slot to access your local service. Email capability and an Opera browser (with Flash support), and built-in speakers round out the feature set.
The Archos 5 ships next month and offers 60GB ($340), 120GB ($400), and 250GB ($450) capacities. We won't see the 5G until December, hopefully before Christmas. The 5G will only offer 1 3oGB drive, which will sell for a pricey $550.
The Archos 5 series Internet Media Tablet is available on Amazon
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