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The Archos 28 is called a tablet by Archos but it might be more helpful to think of it as a beefed up MP3 player like the iPod Touch. Consider them pocket-sized tablets if you will. It does have a WiFi connection and will have the Google Android operating system. It has 8 GBs storage. There are several music applications like Napster and Music Cover Carrousel. An Ebuddy app is built-in for staying connected with friends. Photo playback and access to sites like Facebook, YouTube and Flickr and an e-mail application.
– 4.3 inch screen
– 8 GBs storage
– Ebuddy app
– Photo playback
ARCHOS 28 and 32 bring the revolution to the MP4/MP3 players market
ARCHOS 28 and 32 bring the Android revolution to MP3/MP4 players market with the first connected android PMP players starting from $99 On display January 6 – 9, 2011 at CES 2011, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2 Booth # 26425
Denver, Colorado – December 29, 2010 – ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market today will show ARCHOS 28 and 32 pocket sized internet tablets at CES. The ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets, revolutionize the world of MP3/MP4 players by adding a WiFi connection and the Android framework for the price of a standard MP3 player. With 8GB of storage, users can play and listen to over 4000 songs anywhere and with a variety of Android based applications they can also chat, game and partake in social networking from at home or on the go. These pocket sized tablets (28 internet tablet measures 3.9” x 2.1” x 0.35” and the 32 internet tablet measures 4.1” x 2.1” x 0.3”) are available for $99.99MSRP for the ARCHOS 28 internet tablet and $149.99MSRP for the ARCHOS 32 internet tablet at ARCHOS.com.
All You Can Play
Store, play and discover more music with free access to all the great music applications such as Napster. The ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets allow you to discover new artists, listen to old favorites and have access to millions of songs. Users can easily access music from these open-platform MP3 players at a comparable price to MP3 players with closed platforms. ARCHOS also includes their Music Cover Carrousel, a built-in music application that allows users to browse through album covers and add widgets to the home screen for instant access to media controls.
“We are proud to release the first connected Android PMP players with the ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets” says Henri Crohas, CEO and Founder. “MP3/MP4 users can now listen to their music while chatting and socializing with friends on the internet for an affordable price.”
More than a PMP player: stay connected with your Buddies
With Android as an operating system, application options are unlimited in these pocket size devices. Users will enjoy chatting, social networking and gaming with either of these tablets. Ebuddy, a preloaded app can be accessed directly from home and allows users to stay in touch with friends with ease. Photo fantastic’s can also easily capture their greatest memories and post them directly on their favorite social Media web site such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. There’s also an email application to stay in touch and users can play all the greatest games including 3D games thanks to the built-in accelerometer and 3D open GL technology. Lastly, multimedia fans can also enjoy playing their favorite videos.
For more information about the ARCHOS 28 and 32 internet tablets and other ARCHOS products visit www.ARCHOS.com.
ARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 n 2000 and since that time has revolutionised consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touchscreens to Portable Media Players. ARCHOS has also introduced the Internet Media Tablet range – the 5, 5g and 7 – offering users instant, uncompromising access to the internet, media content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the Unites States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479.
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