Archos, Inc. introduced the Pocket Media Assistant PMA400, a new generation of ARCHOS smart portable devices that combines full video and audio capabilities with wireless connectivity and a new Linux platform. The PMA400 (previously referred to as the AV500) is a 30-gigabyte pocket-sized device and is being shown during the Consumer Electronics Show 2005 (CES). The product will be generally available in late January 2005.
With the PMA400, Archos integrates features from multiple portable devices by combining essential entertainment features (video, music, photos and gaming) with Internet access and Personal Information Manager (PIM) applications in one integrated handheld device. The PMA400 features the same form factor as the industry-standard PVP AV400.
The display is a 3.5" TFT transflective touch screen (QVGA) 320x240 pixels, 262,000 colors and TV output. Archos says it can play up to 4 hours for video playback or 9.5 hours for music. A removable battery option is available. The unit is approximately 125 x 78 x 20 mm (4.9" x 3.1" x 0.8") and weighs 280 g (9.9 oz).
The PMA400 continues the Archos tradition of letting consumers record video directly from a TV, VCR, cable box or satellite receiver, schedule recordings, record and play music, view photos and play games in multiple ways. It also features several ways to connect to the Internet, either wirelessly or via Ethernet, personal information manager applications, an LCD touch screen for fast and easy navigation, a 30 gigabyte Hitachi hard drive, and the ability to act as a USB Host for attaching other mass storage peripherals, such as digital cameras, keyboards, hard drives and other portable devices.
The new Linux platform allows for customized applications to be specifically developed for the PMA400. A complete Software Development Kit will be made available on the Archos Web site, and on a dedicated Web site designed specifically for the PMA400. More details about the SDK will be communicated on these sites once the product is available.
The Pocket Media Assistant PMA400 can record, store and play back up to 120 Hours of Video (MPEG-4 SP). It can also record, store and play to more than 6500 songs in MP3, WAV and WMA formats, including Windows Media DRM protected files.
The gaming capability provides compatibility with Mophun and Qtopia games.
Internet access allows users to browse web sites and use services like POP3/SMTP and IMAP4 e-mail.
The Pocket Media Assistant PMA400 comes with a TV Cradle, remote control, headphones, protective flap, stylus, removable battery, USB 2.0 cable, power adapter and universal power plugs. Optional ARCHOS accessories include a USB-to-Ethernet cable for fast Internet access through Local Area Networks, replaceable battery, USB Keyboard, styli four pack, AV travel kit, car adaptor, travel case and stand-up travel case for propping up the PMA400 to watch videos on the road.
The PMA400 will start shipping in January 2005 for a price of US$799.95 in the U.S. and EUR 799.99 in Europe (including VAT).