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Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets get ICS and speed boost

March 20, 2012

Fresh from rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to its G9 tablet lineup last week, Archos is releasing the turbo versions of the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 tablets, which received a nice bump in the clock speed department and come with ICS straight out of the box.

You can now get the “new” Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 with a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, whereas the previous iterations only went as high as 1.2GHz. The speed bump may not necessarily bring significant improvement to the tablets’ performance, but the devices do ship with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box to sweeten the deal.

One of the stalwart makers of portable multimedia players, Archos has made the jump to Android tablet manufacturing remarkably well, even managing to bring a touch of innovation to the game. The use of hard drive storage (250 GB!) on the Archos tablets is nothing short of a godsend for multimedia freaks who insist on carrying their HD movie collections anywhere they go.  A more traditional flash storage model is also available, so it seems that Archos has all the bases covered.

The new Archos 80 G9 boasts an 8-inch screen with 1024 x 768 resolution, a 720p front camera, micro SD port, HDMI slot, GPS, WiFi b/g/n, and a built-in kick stand. The Archos 101 G9 model, while sporting a bigger 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, shares the rest of the specs with its smaller sister. The 8GB flash storage/250GB hard drive versions of Archos 80 G9 can be yours for just $269 and $369.99, respectively. Moving on, you’ll have to shell out $329.99 for the Archos 101 G9 8GB or $389.99 for the 250GB hard-disk model. If you fancy them, just head over to the Archos online store for a rendezvous.

If you don’t mind waiting, Archos is planning to release the company’s first high-end Android tablet  sometimes in the future. No  other details are known yet except that the Archos G10 xs will be a record-setting 7.6mm thin.