Archos announces new 10-inch, 9-inch netbooks

Archos announces new 10-inch, 9-inch netbooks

Summary: Archos, the company better-known for its innovative hard drive-based portable media players and Internet tablets, is making a big push into Atom-based netbooks. At Mobile World Congress this week, the company announced a thinner version of its new 10-inch MiniPCs, and said it was working on several new versions based on both current and unreleased Intel chips and chipsets.

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Archos, the company better-known for its innovative hard drive-based portable media players and Internet tablets, is making a big push into Atom-based netbooks. At Mobile World Congress this week, the company announced a thinner version of its new 10-inch MiniPCs, and said it was working on several new versions based on both current and unreleased Intel chips and chipsets.

The Archos 10s MiniPC will have a 10.2-inch LED-backlit display, Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory, hard drives from 60- to 160GB, and Windows XP Home. The 10s is an update to a model Archos announced only a few months ago. The new version is thinner, at 0.8 inches thick, and it will have a metal casing that looks more like Archos Internet Tablets. Archos did not announce pricing for the 10s, which will be available in April, but the Archos 10 currently sells for $400 with a 3-cell battery or $450 with an extended 6-cell battery.

Archos is also working on a 9-inch MiniPC without a physical keyboard that will measure 0.7 inches thick and weigh only 1.8 pounds. The device will have a virtual keyboard touchscreen and a trackpoint mouse. It will be based on an Intel Atom Z series processor, and the company says it will offer the same features and performance as regular netbooks including 60- to 180GB hard drives. This should make for an interesting comparison with the OQO model 2+ Mobile Internet Device (MID). The 9-inch MiniPC will be available in third quarter. Finally, Archos said it is working on next-generation devices based on Intel's Moorestown platform, which will replace Intel's current netbook and MID platform sometime in 2010.

[Via UMPC Portal]

[Read the Archos 10s press release] [Read the Archos 10 press release]

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • The Featuritis is in full swing.

    I can't wait for a fully featured eeNotebook. :p
    Custard_over_2x_Pie
    • i'll stay clear of the water you drink custard

      aare you on drugs?
      NERDY1
  • XP??

    I thought Archos was a Free Software user and their hardware was co-designed with their community? They're losing some credibility with me on this one...
    lefty.crupps
    • I doubt they care....

      they just wanna make a buck like everyone else.
      JoeMama_z
      • you right joemama_2

        but i don't think there going to be here for long. knot with wanna be laptop's
        NERDY1
  • RE: Archos announces new 10-inch, 9-inch netbooks

    To Archos half of the world are deaf and modern
    science is having a hard time to keep on top of it
    hearing aids do not help a lot of people who can not
    understand what they hear if only Archos could
    manufacture a tablet that would print out whats been
    said ti would help a lot of people.

    fredsc@...
  • RE: Archos announces new 10-inch, 9-inch netbooks

    loks like the ugliest piece of notebook i've ever seen.
    nessrapp
  • I like this

    Netbooks are a good product. They fill a Niche and anyone who makes a good one deserves the money for contributing.
    worldnick
  • RE: Archos announces new 10-inch, 9-inch netbooks

    if they get any smaller were do you stick you blank dvd for backup
    NERDY1