Archos Readies Tablet Upgrades


Las Vegas - Archos plans to upgrade its 8-inch and 10.1-inch G9 Turbo Android tablets with the addition of dual-core 1.5GHz processor to replace 1.2GHz dual-core processors. The upgraded models ship in January at prices to be announced.

In the mid- to late first quarter, the company plans to offer an upgrade from the tablets' Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which is Google's converged OS for both Android smartphones and tablets and offers such new features as nearfield communications and facial recognition, said Archos marketing director Craig Terblanche.

The new G9 models, like their predecessors, will come in a 16GB embedded-flash-memory version and a 250GB hard-drive version. The 16GB versions also feature MicroSDHC memory slot supporting 32GB memory cards.

Although prices on the new versions weren't released, the current 1.2GHz dual-core Turbos are priced at a suggested $319 and $369 for the 16GB and 250GB versions, respectively, of the 8-inch Archos 80 model. The 16GB and 250GB versions of the 10.1-inch Archos 101 are priced at a suggested $399 and $449, respectively.

Like the current turbo models, the new turbo models will access Google's Android Market.

The current and new Turbo models feature 1080p video-file storage and playback, capacitive touchscreens, mini HDMI output with HDCP copy protection, GPS, 720p webcam, USB slave and host ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and ability to accept a planned U.S.-market 3G/4G-equipped USB modem that accepts SIM cards and fits flush in a slot on the tablets' back side.

They also come with Microsoft UPnP to stream audio and video from a Windows PC.

The 10.1-inch Turbo features a 1,280 by 800 screen, and the 8-inch model features a 1,024 by 768 resolution. Like before, the devices will be 11.5mm thick.


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