Just because Archos’ tablets are budget-friendly doesn’t mean they won’t be getting some Ice Cream Sandwich. Archos G9 tablets are set for an update to Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).  According to sources, Archos will finalize the update and start rolling it out to users of the G9 tablets starting in Q1 2012.

The ICS update on the Archos G9 boasts hardware acceleration that is even faster than Honeycomb and GPU utitilization of up to 100%. New UIs and new features are also part of the package. Multitasking is also better than ever.  The tablet can even have a thousand apps running at the same time, according to the demo video.

Currently, Archos is still working on finishing the hardware acceleration for video support, Samba/UPNP, 3G stick support, and the rest of the features that Archos provides on top of Android.

For those of you who want to see it in action yourselves, here is a video preview of Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich running on an Archos 101 G9 tablet:

The Archos G9 tablets currently on the market are the Archos 80 G9 (1 GHz, 8 GB edition) starting at US$269, the Archos 101 G9 (1 GHz, 8 GB edition) starting at US$349, and the Archos 101 G9 (1.2 GHz Turbo, 16 GB edition) starting at US$379.

Do you own an Archos G9 tablet?  And, are you excited about getting ICS to run on it soon?