We're learning more and more about the upcoming Archos 404 (pictured here) and 604 portable media players as we approach their anticipated release, with the latest news suggesting that the main difference between the two will be screen size: the 404 will feature a 3.5-inch screen with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution while the 604 boasts a 4.3-inch screen with a 480 x 272 pixel resolution. We've learned a few more things since we first mentioned the portable media players almost two months ago, such as the fact that they'll need a separate DVR module to be able to record from external AV sources. Boo, hiss, etc.
Screen differences aside, both the 404 and 604 will come with a 30GB hard drive and support for all the big digital media formats, such as MP3, WMA, Xvid and Divx; support for more formats (think AAC, H.264, MPEG-2) are expected to be possible with the purchase of additional plug-ins.
Both the Archos 404 and 604 are to be released in October.