Queston: When does a media tablet become a mini PC?
Answer: When it's an Archos 9.
Another year, another two inches and a Windows 7 platform for everyone's favourite PMP. The Archos 9 sounds more like a netbook with its Intel Atom Z515 800/1200Mz CPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 120GB HDD and other assorted capped up letters. In fact, it basically is, minus the keyboard.
Word has it the 8.9" display is multi-touch with a nice new Li-polymer battery for maximum power efficiency. Connectivity-wise it's got all you could need with 3G, 'tooth 2.1, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and the whole thing weighs under 800g; stereo speakers, a VGA out and 1.3-megapixel webcam and that's about your lot.
It should be available early autumn for 500€. Not cheap but then these things never are.
UPDATE: Just received the official on this and it also has a DVB-T tuner and will be followed by a 12" version in 2010.
Archos (via UMPC portal)
Archos 7 preview:
I do so love it how the world of technology is converging and the newly released Archos 5 and Archos 7 portable media players are perfect examples. The idea behind these two handhelds is rather iPod Touch. I'm utterly loathed to continually reference Apple in comparisons but it's a good place to start with this one. The difference here is that Archos are offering something a little larger and more luxurious.
The Archos 5 and 7 come with 4.8" and 7" TFT LCD touchscreens...