And so it begins. Technically, we’re still a full week away from the IFA 2013 official kick-off. But since things are to get awfully crowded on the Berlin stage seven days from now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that certain exhibitors are already starting to reveal their new products.
Namely, Archos has jumped the gun earlier today, unveiling three new tabs and a smartphone, all of which will be further detailed and showcased in Germany.
The French consumer electronics manufacturer is notorious for highly valuing Android and for focusing more on quantity than quality, although in this particular case we’re certainly not looking at fluff devices, launched for the sake of diversity.
The 101 XS 2, for instance, follows on the footsteps of the already impressive 101 XS, a super-slim 10-incher that’s almost one year-old. Spotted at the FCC not long ago, the brand new 10-incher will considerably up the ante in the raw power and display departments, coming with a quad-core CPU and top-notch 2,048 x 1,536 pix res IPS panel.
The only other feature known about the slate is pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but again, we’ll know more this time next week. The GamePad 2 and 80 ChildPad are equally as mysterious, though their primary targets are fairly easy to guess.
Like the first-gen GamePad, the sequel will look to bring the best of two worlds together. Specifically, blend the attributes of a standard gaming console with those of an Android-powered tablet. As for the newest 8-inch ChildPad, this will of course focus on the needs of children, packing full parental controls, Android 4.2, partial Google Play access and a heavily forked interface.
Finally, Archos has decided to step things up a little as far as smartphones go, even if the company is relatively new in this universe. The 50 Oxygen is unlikely to put up a fight against beasts like Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but with a Full HD 5-inch screen, quad-core processor, Android 4.2 and 13 MP/5 MP dual cameras, it might well be one of the best budget-friendly alternatives around.
Source: Android Police