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Mysterious Archos Ludo G10 device spotted at GLBenchmark, to be an ICS-powered gaming console?

July 21, 2012

Archos might not exactly be a name to be reckoned with in the high-end sector of the tablet market, but the French-based consumer electronics company has most likely caught your eye lately with some more than decent budget-friendly entry-level and mid-range slates.

The 80 G9/101 G9 duo has been in the headlines back in March with some hailed early ICS upgrades, while the unbelievably affordable 10-inch 97 Carbon was only unveiled a few days ago and looks like a gadget set to draw the attention of tech users on a budget.

After targeting only certain kind of users, it was only natural to see Archos putting up a fight in a more “heated” niche as well. That fight might come from a little device known right now only by a Ludo G10 codename, which, although we have no idea exactly what it is, we can bet it will be big.

The Ludo G10 has been spotted over at GL Benchmark by the good guys from NotebookItalia and it is set to come with a high-resolution screen and a very snappy processor. The display sported by the G10 is listed in the benchmark tests with a resolution of 1920 x 1008 pixels, which doesn’t make much sense, but that’s probably only a spelling error and we will be actually dealing with a more common 1920 x 1080 pix screen.

As far as the future G10’s processor goes, that might itself be something special. Although it’s not confirmed by the information in the listing, it’s very possible for the gadget to come powered by a spanking new dual-core TI OMAP 4470 chipset that’s not yet released. But it should see the light of day sometime in Q4 2012, clocked at 1.8 GHz and housing an absolutely stunning PowerVR SGX554 graphics processor unit (GPU).

In terms of software, the Ludo G10 will come with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is more than satisfying right now, but it might actually not be that hot in, say, three months.

There’s one more piece of information rumored about the G10 and we saved it for last for a good reason – it’s the juiciest. It seems that Archos will not be looking to pit this new product against other high-end tablets around, but market it as one of the first ever Android-based video gaming consoles. That’s one way to make your name known to a wider audience, but the competition might not be as light as you imagine. Archos will have to deal with the Ouya, a very intriguing console expected to come with an impressive quality-price ratio.

Whatever Archos’ plans are for this Ludo G10, it feels like we are all in for a soon-to-be-unveiled treat. Do you agree? Is there place on the market for two Android gaming consoles?