Despite being a Windows based tablet, the Archos 9 was a solid little performer when it launched in the back-end of 2009. Packing Windows 7 starter edition, a 1.3 MP webcam, a 9 inch touchscreen and 1080p HD playback, it…
I got my hands on the Archos 9 at this morning’s launch. I have to say I like it. It did feel a tad heavy – but at less than 800g that was probably just an illusion because it is so slight it doesn’t look as though it will weigh hardly anything.
The touchscreen was very responsive and the pop-up keyboard is almost full-sized so unless you’ve got some extremely fat fingers there shouldn’t be any problem.
Also at the event Tony Limrick, MD of Archos Northern Europe told the assembled hacks to keep 15th September free for an Archos IMT Android announcement.
He didn’t give too much information away apart from to say that the IMTs would combine what Archos does best – multimedia playback and so on – and combine it with an Android based telephony system – complete with Google Apps.
Normally known for their super-swish PMPs, Archos has announced a range of ultra-mobile companions today running from the 9″ tablet we say this morning to a 13″ large netbook/small notebook type thing.
I think it’s time for some new computer size definitions. Any ideas anyone?
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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)
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