announced that its readying an Android device, or what Archos calls an Internet Media Tablet or IMT. The device will be quite different compared to past devices from Archos not only by the fact that it'll run Android, but it will also be the first device from Archos to feature the new TI OMAP 3440 CPU and voice call support.
The IMT will feature a 5in "high-resolution" display, although the press release doesn't state the actual resolution. With the integrated graphics of the OMAP 3440 capable of 720p video, hopefully Archos has gone for a display that matches this. Archos claims a "PC-like Internet experience" and the device will support both Adobe Flash and Flash Video in full screen.
Other features include a 7.2Mbit HSDPA/HSUPA 3G modem and as the IMT is also meant to handle voice calls, we presume the same components will handle that, unless Archos has gone for some kind of VoIP solution. The press release isn't very clear on how the voice part will be done. However, there's no mention of any WiFi or even Bluetooth support in the press release which are major bummers.
Furthermore, Archos claims that the IMT can handle playback of all formats in HD resolution which sounds impressive to say the least, let's just hope that Archos can deliver on this. The IMT will come with up to 500GB of storage space and yet it will only be 10mm thick. Archos also claims it will cope with 7h of video playback, which again sounds very impressive.
We're not sure people will want to carry around a device with a 5in screen that also doubles up as their phone, no matter how thin it is. We'll have to wait and see what the Archos IMT looks like and if it lives up to the hype in the press release before we make a final judgement. We have a feeling that most people will go for something a bit more pocketable, despite the functionality on offer by the IMT.
You can find the press release here