This week Archos started selling the new Archos 80 G9 tablet with an 8 inch display and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. When the company first introduced the tablet and its larger sibling, the Archos 101 G9 with a 10.1 inch display, the company said both would be available with 1.5 GHz dual core processors. But right now the 8 inch tablet is only available with a 1 GHz dual core chip.
Archos says that’s because Texas Instruments, which makes the chips used in the tablets, has experienced a few delays in its roadmap. As a result, the 1 GHz version is all that’s available right now.
A new “Turbo” option with a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 processor will go on sale in late October. Early next year that chip will be phased out and replaced with a 1.5 GHz processor.
Since the changes will affect the hardware and not just software, Archos won’t be able to roll out over-the-air updates to boost speed for existing tablets. So if you buy a 1 GHz model today, that’s the speed you’re stuck with (unless you overclock the CPU). The good news is that a 1 GHz TI OMAP4 dual core processor is still pretty zippy, and the Archos 80 G9 tablet with that chip sells for about $300, making it cheaper than the faster models on the horizon.
The Archos 80 G9 has an 8 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, 8GB of storage, and support for HD video playback. The Archos 101 G9 has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 8GB or 16GB of flash storage or an optional 250GB hard drive, and also supports HD video.
Both tablets have GPS, WiFI, motion sensors, microphones and front-facing cameras. The 10 inch model isn’t yet available for purchase in the US.
I’m waiting till 2014 to buy a tablet.
HTC and Samsung have had 3G Android tablets out for many months , almost a year in Samsung’s case. Acer tablets have a 3G option now. So stop yer whining
So the question is, will somebody now beat them to market with a processor as fast or faster, stealing Archo’s thunder?
Charbax, we are very disappointed!!!!!!!
Yeah, just like all their other releases.they say the tablets will be out on a certain date then release them 6 months later.And then wonder why they don’t sell.this is the same for all tablet makers.
Get your product out and quit wasting your breath and our time!
Not one android 3G tablet out yet REDICULOUS!
There isn’t any faster Dual-core than 1.2Ghz today, TI, Samsung, Qualcomm are there now. Though the OMAP4 may have a bunch more memory bandwidth which is very important for performance, but I haven’t seen benchmarks.
You could also name this article: Archos: 1.2Ghz Turbo tablets arriving in October
Delays in processor manufacturing happens all the time, cause those things are the most complicated things to manufacture in the world. By the time 1.2Ghz Tegra3 devices comes out, 1.8Ghz OMAP4470 may be ready also and for most things I think the OMAP4470 will be fastest.
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