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Archos launches its 80 G9 Android tablet

Gets rejigged and downgraded
Thu Sep 22 2011, 12:44

FRENCH TABLET MAKER Archos has launched its 80 G9 tablet, but it's not as good as it's supposed to be.

Since the firm announced the tablet back in June, along with a larger version called the 101 G9, the specifications have been changed. The processor has suffered a downgrade from 1.5GHz to 1GHz, which is now the 'Standard' model, and Archos has also created a 1.2GHz 'Turbo' model.


On its Facebook page Archos said, "At the beginning with the G9 tablets we've being following the Texas Instruments roadmap for their amazing OMAP4 processor. Unfortunately there have been some delays, in pushing it to its max."

Archos will launch the Turbo model with a 1.2GHz chip at the end of October. If this wasn't complicated enough, it will then replace this with a 1.5GHz model next year, "when it's properly signed off by R&D" at the same price, originally set at £249.

The tablet comes in three different storage options but the 8GB flash model is the only available currently at £199. The firm said the 16GB flash and 250GB hard drive version will come only on the Turbo model at the end of October or early November.

Android Honeycomb has been bumped up to version 3.2 but the 512MB of RAM remains the same. The Standard 80 G9 with 8GB of storage has an 8in screen with 1024x768 resolution. An optional 3G dongle will be available in a few weeks that discreetly slots into the back of the device. µ


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