Update 03/04: Please notice that this was posted on April 1st and that means it was our joke for the occasion. However, it would be cool if Archos would release such devices, right? ;)

We have received a few tips from our reliable sources informing us that Archos is planning to launch Selenium line-up of products later this month. The new range of phones and tablets will have simillar specifications as the flagship devices from Samsung and HTC, but will be priced lower. The first phone that is going to be released is the Selenium 5.5 and it will be the worlds first phone to feature the new MT6595 octa-core processor from MediaTek. The device will feature really small bezels, 5.5 inch 1440p screen(same as is used in Oppo Find 7), 3GB Of RAM and a 3200 mAh battery. The camera is one of the main elements in the device with and it will be possible to shoot 4K videos and 16 MPx images. Speaking of the colors, the Selenium 5.5 will be available in black and white versions. Our sources informed us that the dual-sim 3G 32GB version will go on sale for 349€ in July 2014, while the 4G option will cost you just 50€ more. Pricing for the 64GB version which should arrive in September is not yet final and will be announced later.

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Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (4.4.2 Kit-Kat at launch)
CPU Octa-Core Mediatek MT6595@2.5 Ghz
4x Cortex A17 & 4x Cortex A7
GPU: Rogue PowerVR Series6
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 32/64 GB
System Memory 3072 MB
Interfaces USB 3.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
Micro SD slot
USB Host via OTG
WiFi Display
Display 5.50″
1440 x 2560
10 points Multi-Touch
HDMI Yes, micro
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC Yes
Camera Front: 13 MPx
Back 16 Mpx
Sim slots 4G version: Micro Sim
3G version: 2x Micro Sim
Dimensions 149.50 x 73.00 x 8.50 mm
Battery 3200 mAh
12 hours 1080p video playback

Together with the Selenium 5.5 phone, Archos will also announce the Selenium 10.1 tablet. Just like its smaller brother, the Selenium 10.1 will come with the powerful octa-core processor from MediaTek and 4G connectivity, but it will also feature a gorgeous screen based on Mirasol technology(the worlds fisrtst tablet to feature that!) with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 4GB of RAM(!) and up to 500GB of storage. On top of the touchscreen, there will be a WYSIPS photovoltaic film turning the tablet in a solar charger which should increase autonomy. Archos is going to be the launch partner for the new ultra-thin HDDs from Seagate, just like three years ago with the G9 tablets. And just like the XS tablets, the Selenium 10.1 will ship with a keyboard dock. 32GB version will be available for 449€ in October, while 500GB version will only cost 50€ more.

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Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (4.4.2 Kit-Kat at launch)
CPU Octa-Core Mediatek MT6595@2.5 Ghz
4x Cortex A17 & 4x Cortex A7
GPU: Rogue PowerVR Series6
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 32GB Flash / 500GB HDD
System Memory 4096 MB
Interfaces USB 3.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
Micro SD slot
USB Host via OTG
WiFi Display
Display 10.1″
2560 x 1600
Mirasol technology
10 points Multi-Touch
HDMI Yes, micro
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC Yes
Camera Front: 5 MPx
Back: 8 Mpx
Sim slots 4G version: Micro Sim
Dimensions 270 x 170 x 7.5 mm (Flash version)
270 x 170 x 11.5 mm (HDD version)
270 x 170 mm x 4 mm (keyboard dock)
Battery 9750 mAh (Flash version)
12000 mAh (HDD version)
12 hours 1080p video playback

Next to the Selenium line-up of high-end devices, Archos is also working on a mid-range 10.1 inch Windows 8 tablet. It will be available in May for 349€.

Archos-windows-nowrmkThe tablet will ship with a removable keyboard cover which also doubles as a handy kickstand.

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Operating System Windows 8.1
CPU Intel Baytrail-T Atom Z3740d Quad core
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 32GB Flash
System Memory 2048 MB
Interfaces USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
Micro SD slot
USB Host via OTG
Display 10.1″
1280 x 800
IPS screen
10 points Multi-Touch
HDMI Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC No
Camera Front: 2 MPx
Back: 2 Mpx
Sim slots No
Dimensions 258 x 172 x 9.7 mm
Battery 8000 mAh
8 hours working time