4.3 inches is the new 4.1 inches - Archos' new Android-running phone tablet will sport the monstrous screen with 854 x 480 resolution, with a 1GHz CPU beating in its chest. All this goodness comes in a shell only 10mm thick, did you All this goodness comes in a shell only 10mm thick. Quite impressive right?
The 4.3" screen puts the Archos phone tablet a step ahead of the Toshiba TG01 and pits it against the HTC Leo, A.K.A. HTC Pro Three, to fight it out in the pocket-busting category. Unlike both of its competitors, the Archos phone will run Android instead of Windows Mobile, which puts excellent web integration on the table. This yet unnamed tablet-slash-phone will have HSDPA connectivity, which is pretty essential to internet browsing.
Those of you familiar with the Android platform know that practically all the handsets running the OS have HVGA screen resolution. This is mainly because of lack of support for other resolutions.
Fret not, Android 1.6 Donut is coming to change that. The SDK of the new version has just been released and it will be making its way on some devices as early as next month.
The Donut will ensure that applications render properly, regardless of screen aspect and pixel density. The other goodies are an updated Market, text-to-speech capabilities and CDMA support. The search box will also be updated and will do a local search as well as a Google search - each app can expose its contents to the search, e.g. a book reader app can allow the downloaded books to be searched.
Check out this video for more detail on the new release, explained to you by Android itself: