720p video camera doesn't add much cost. Texas Instruments already has great 720p camcorder chips, those can probably be used in any case if Archos decides to put a camera in the next generation. Since the 605 WiFi, Archos has stopped having removable batteries, so this should make it more or less easy for Archos to add a mobile-phone type camera optics behind there.
Here's a quote:
The OMAP3440 applications processor brings full HD camcorder functionality to mobile devices, giving users the ability to record high-definition (HD) video (...) The OMAP3440 leverages TIÔÇÖs high performance IVAÔäó 2+ multimedia accelerator to support 720p HD video record and playback, unleashing user creativity behind the lens.http://focus.ti.com/general/docs/wtbu/w ... ntId=36505
The OMAP3440 is exactly the processor which Archos and Texas Instruments have announced will be the one to be used in the next Archos Android generation.
This could turn the next Archos into a Flip-camcorder killer as well. And I would say, in fact, a killer of most other AVCHD and other camcorders on the market, even though of-course, Archos wouldn't be able to use very advanced camera optics to make it fit, thus whatever is the latest best mobile-phone type affordable and compact camera optics.
I'm pretty much a profetional of 720p video camcorder recording, I actually think that even the cheapest optics can achieve a pretty good result, and that the most important factor is to support a good microphone mini-jack input thus to have good sound recording quality. None of those Flip-camcorder type products have a microphone input, Archos could potentially not only have mini-jack input (even though it might only be on a Dock), Archos might also support Bluetooth microphones, those can actually be pretty awesome as wireless microphones. One nice design detail, in case Archos does make it a 720p camcorder, would be to have a small shotgun/other microphone slider on the top side, this way to make it even more probable that relatively very enthusiastic 720p video makers like me would actually use the Archos Android as their main 720p camcorder. The best feature would be, to actually upload the 720p videos directly over WiFi or HSDPA from the device to an ftp or to Youtube HD without the need of a computer. That is actually the single most important feature that I am waiting for in the 720p consumer priced camcorder market. I don't know how much the mobile-phone type camcorder optics module costs to integrate, but if it's just a $20 extra cost, then I think it would be totally worth it for Archos to turn their main device into a Flip-HD/Sanyo-HD/Samsung-HD/Sony/Panasonic/Canon/Aiptek/DXG/JVC killer as well. Video bitrate recordings at 720p can hopefully be set to be anywhere between 4mbit/s and 9mbit/s. With good encoding complexity, 4mbit/s should be enough and would be faster to upload to FTPs, Cloud computing APIs or Youtube HD type of services using the built-in WiFi or HSDPA connection.
720p H264 playback support should be whatever format that popular 720p HD mkv files are encoded at. I don't know if that most often is high profile or what it is. I think Texas Instruments are talking about supporting H264 720p on their chips, so Archos should just find a way to have that supported if it is available for the planned OMAP3440 processor for example. And the trick that Archos should use to support 4GB+ files could perhaps for example be something like this: - Some type of software on the Archos would detect when the user tries to copy and paste a file that is 4GB+ and it should then not make that error message on Windows/Mac/Linux, it should instead just copy and perhaps eventually split the file up to 4GB chunks but when browsing files on the Archos it would show up as one single file, and perhaps even when browsing the hard drive from Windows/Mac/Linux as well also display the chunks as one file somehow. Or else, at least, provide a Windows/Mac/linux little piece of synchronizing software which should split and join 4GB+ files in real-time. Archos is already used to supporting split chunks of big video files such as the recorded Mpeg4 files are split by Archos in 2GB chunks, Archos plays split 1GB .vob files as one same title, and so on.
I think that the OLED screen is pretty cool, but of course it depends how much more expensive it is to have a good yield and warranty on that compared to the well tested LCD screens. So I would say, it would be good if Archos provided both OLED and LCD with the price difference, thus let high-end consumers choose the high-end screen if they prefer.
I do think also that Archos should use the Archos 5G by SFR type of matte screen instead of the Archos 5 type of glossy screen.
An important update, I think, should also be to have a more powerful Battery Dock system so that you can actually extend the battery life by as many battery docks as you want, not needing any power left in the Internal battery for it to work optimally. Basically the next generation Battery Dock should be able to charge the device and power it at the same time. This way, if the battery life when video recording in 720p is only 1 hour, the users should be able to extend that using as many Battery Docks as they want.