We love the Archos 605 WiFi Portable Media Player and Archos has just made it even better with a cool new accessory that crosses the barrier into GPS navigation system territory.
The Archos 605 GPS in-car holder adds GPS functionality to your 605 with Tele Atlas maps for either Europe, the US and Canada, or China. Functionality includes traffic assistance, route planning, and speed control assistance (in some countries).
The new holder will retails for $129.99 or will be available in a bundle with a 30GB 605 for $399.99.
Why should you consider this instead of a “real” GPS navigation system? because the 605 has a great touchscreen display (4.3″ 800 x 480 pixels), up to 160GB of storage space for movies music and photos, plus you can take it anywhere.
(full press release after the jump)
ARCHOS BRINGS GPS SATELLITE NAVIGATION
TO THE AWARD-WINNING 605 WIFI MEDIA PLAYER
ARCHOS 605 GPS Blends Entertainment and GPS into One Portable Device for a Rich Mobile
Entertainment Experience Anywhere
NEW YORK â€“ April 22, 2008 â€“ ARCHOS announces today
a new GPS In-Car Holder for its award-winning ARCHOS
605 WiFi portable media player (PMP) that turns the device
into a full-fledged navigation system. With more than 50
times the hard drive size, twice the screen resolution, and
similar pricing as stand-alone GPS navigation products, the
ARCHOS 605 GPS is the ultimate navigation and
entertainment device. The ARCHOS 605 GPS accessory
brings entertainment and navigation together in one device
for consumers, turning the portable player into the ultimate
road trip companion.
All ARCHOS 605 WiFi models sport large 4.3â€ LCD touch-screens with clear resolution that is
unmatched by any GPS device on the market. The ARCHOS 605 WiFi snaps easily into the GPS
In-Car Holder, which is connected to the car windshield and stereo system (via the built-in line
out), creating a full voice and video navigation system. Unlike GPS-only devices, consumers can
easily navigate their way on the clearest, sharpest screen, and then watch favorite videos or
recorded TV shows, listen to music and view photo slideshows once they arrive. Additionally,
when in a wireless hot spot, the ARCHOS 605 GPS allows for surfing1 the Internet and
streaming video, TV shows and music directly to the device in real-time, creating a rich on-thego
â€œARCHOS is known for combining consumersâ€™ favorite activities into one advanced portable
device, and the new ARCHOS 605 GPS is the latest example of this convergence,â€ said Henri
Crohas, ARCHOS founder and CEO. â€œNo longer do consumers need a stand-alone GPS device,
portable media player, photo viewer or even USB storage device. With our latest innovation,
ARCHOS helps you get where youâ€™re going and entertains you once you get there.â€
Full-Featured GPS Mapping Meets Award-Winning Portable Media Player
The ARCHOS GPS accessory provides complete
navigation support with Tele Atlas maps, available for the
European version covering 22 countries, the North
America version covering the U.S. and Canada, and a
Chinese version. All ARCHOS 605 WiFi models — 4
GB*, 30 GB*, 80 GB* and 160 GB* — work with the
GPS In-Car Holder and give consumers the following
Â· Clear, easy-to read maps on the high-resolution 4.3â€ touch screen.
Â· Easy and intuitive address, zip-code and POI (point of interest) markers for rapidly
selecting destination points.
Â· Precise navigation with automated simulation inside tunnels, lane assistance, advance
signposts and fast and accurate route recalculation.
Â· Traffic assistance, route planning, and speed
control assistance in some countries.
Â· Gain navigation information on any location
throughout North America, Western Europe
Â· Get clear voice-to-text support through the
carâ€™s FM stereo (via the built-in line out), or
the ARCHOS 605 WiFiâ€™s amplified built-in
Your Media on the Move
Â· Passengers can use the ARCHOS 605 WiFi to watch recorded TV shows and videos
while traveling, such as keeping families and children entertained in the back seat of
Â· Record TV shows in advance for the perfectly relaxed road trip.
Â· Rent and watch movies from the ARCHOS Content Portal.
Â· Transfer and store photos directly from your digital camera and create slide shows.
Â· Share your media with friends and family on their TV.
Â· Play games while on the go.
Â· Surf the Web1 to visit favorite sites.
Â· Stream the latest news, online videos, TV shows and sports from Web sitesâ€”
ARCHOS devices are the only to support AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® 9 for online video
Â· Check email from any Web-based service.
Â· Access hundreds of Widgets, including world maps, weather, and currency converters.
Pricing and Specifications
The ARCHOS GPS In-Car Holder can be sold separately for $129.99 to work with any
ARCHOS 605 WiFi model, or bundled together with the 30GB* player for $399.99. The bundle
will include the traffic and speed control assistance features, as well as route planning. The GPS
In-Car Holder and bundled ARCHOS 605 GPS will be available in May 2008 from
www.archos.com and select retailers.
ARCHOS announced separately today a host of new software and services that enhance the
entertainment value of their Generation 5 line. ARCHOS wireless PMPs are the only devices to
support the new Adobe FlashÂ® PlayerÂ® 9, letting consumers enjoy nearly every online video and
Flash game available on the Web. The new TVportation feature brings live television streamed
from the ARCHOS TV+ to any wireless-enabled device, including ARCHOS players,
smartphones, laptops and computers anywhere in the world.
All ARCHOS players support open standard video, audio and photo formatsâ€”MPEG-4, WMV,
H.264*, MPEG-2*, stereo MP3, WMA, protected WMA, WAV AAC, AC3*, JPEG, BMP,
PNG, and RAW with embedded JPEG thumbnail.
ARCHOS introduced the hard-drive-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000, and since
that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company introduced the portable
video player in 2003 and was the first to bring TV recording, wireless and touch screens to the
portable media player. ARCHOSâ€™ award-winning products let consumers enjoy movies, photos,
video, music and television anytime, anywhere. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the
United States, Europe and Asia, and is quoted on Compartment B of Euronext Paris, ISIN Code
FR0000182479. More information is available online at www.archos.com.