Maybe 1Ghz cpu and 1080p on the A7a? Cool!
If Texas Instruments also managed to increase decoding support to 1080p in the 45nm process 1ghz SoC, that would be cool as well. 1080p may not come before the OMAP4 though. Who knows, I was really surprised when Archos announced even somewhat limited 720p MKV H264 High Profile in the current generation.
As you said, Augmented reality is the Next Big ThingTM. So I'd expect cameras and magnetometers added to the devices. Add a vibe in as well to hit all the 'Google Experience' checkboxes.
Yup the vibe would be cool on the Archos 5AG, and Archos 4AG or whichever letter they should use to specify the Android models of the series with HSDPA built-in.
What I'd like to see? A 'Google Goggle' Dock for existing A5As with a cam, vibe, and magnetometer, as well as all the usual dock functionality. That would make the current A5A Google-worthy as well. They'd sell a buttload of them. Hell, even at $149, sign me up!
Yup a camera dock would be awesome. Archos has done it twice before to sell a camera add-on module:
It would be awesome to see a $59 camera module for the current Archos 5 IT that ads at least WVGA camera mode and the compass. If they make a version that includes HSDPA SIM Card modem, HDMI output, all into a compact Dock, then great.
An announcement for the support of HSDPA USB Dongles on the USB host Docks would be great.
I wouldn't expect a hardware refresh on the A5A till Q3 (for next Christmas), but one never knows!
Yes I do not expect Archos 5AG to replace Archos 5A, they would co-exist like the iphone and the ipod touch. I would expect prices to be optimized slightly after Christmas:
A5A 8GB: $199
A5A 16GB: $249
A5A 32GB: $299
A5A 64GB: $349
A5A 160GB: $299 - to eventually be expired or replaced by 250GB version
A5A 500GB: $349
and the new models that I expect from CES would be following:
A3VA 8GB: $80 - Like Archos 3 Vision but with Android and perhaps with WiFi
A4VA 8GB: $100 - Like Archos 3 Vision Android with a 4.3" screen and perhaps WiFi
A4A 8GB: $149
A4AG 8GB: $249
A5VA 8GB: $125 - Like Archos 3 Vision Android with 4.8" screen and perhaps WiFi
A5AG 8GB: $299
A5AG 32GB: $399
A5AG 500GB: $449
A7VA 8GB: $150 - Like Archos 3 Vision Android with 7" screen and perhaps WiFi
A7A 120GB: $299
A7A 500GB: $399
A7AG 120GB: $399
A7AG 500GB: $499
All the G models I expect would include HSDPA, Camera, Compass, Vibe, 1ghz, (maybe 1080p), (maybe built-in mini-HDMI), and maybe a slightly more compact form factor with less screen bezel.
And then I would think it would be cool also to see:
A9A 8GB: $200
A10A 8GB: $225
A12A 8GB: $250
A13A 8GB: $275
A15A 8GB: $300
Where those would be Laptop form factors with a swivel screen to turn it into a Tablet with a Pixel Qi screen. Based on the latest Texas Instruments ARM Cortex processors and running Chromium OS. With a module port for 3G or other wireless modems on top of built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. A built-in USB host port could do the trick to include the USB 3G Dongle within the design of the device and not sticking out. With a hard drive storage expansion slot also available to add any 2.5" hard drive. 2 SDHC card slots for flash based storage expansion would be nice. Coming with a triple boot of Chromium OS, Android OS and Ubuntu OS would be a nice trick.