On Thursday Archos launched their Archos 80 G9 Turbo tablet for sale on their UK online store. The new 8-inch tablet is the faster 1.5 GHz dual-core version of the Archos 80 G9 tablet which was released back in 2011. However the new Turbo model is being shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, something the standard 80 G9 tablet only got through an update recently.
You can purchase the Archos 80 G9 Turbo tablet with 8GB of built-in storage for £199.98 (about $310) or with 16GB of storage for £239.99 (about $380). At those prices you will get a 1024×768 (XGA) resolution 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0, USB 2.0, HDMI output, microSD card support (up to 32GB cards), and the ability to have 3G using the patented Archos 3G USB stick.
The Archos 80 G9 Turbo and the full family of other G9 tablets is what Archos has available today for tablet shoppers, now let’s take a look at what they got planned for the near future.
Keyboards and tablets
Archos isn’t falling asleep and allowing their Android tablet rivals runaway with the keyboard demographic. Archos is planning on releasing their very first tablet that incorporates a QWERTY keyboard into the design. That keyboard inclusive tablet is being called Archos G10 xs, it’s a 10.1-inch Android tablet.
Lacking any physical prototypes of the G10 xs tablet Archos revealed some concept drawings and a video recently which do give a general idea of what the new tablet and keyboard will look like. Check out the photos and video just below:
According to Archos the G10 xs tablet will feature a very thin design (7.6mm) and with the keyboard the total thickness (12mm) doesn’t get unmanageable. Some materials that are used to make the Archos G10 xs tablet are unlike those Archos normally uses on their tablets, with the new G10 xs you’re going to see machined aluminum get used in a the tablets design.
To speak more about the keyboard, right now we don’t know if Archos is going for the chiclet style keys you see on a great number of notebooks today. From the preview video and drawn sketches it appears like Archos is using flat-faced keys that sit flush with the rest of the keyboard chassis.
The keyboard is also going to be a case for the Archos G10 xs tablet. When you’re using the keyboard you’ll have a port to safely dock your tablet and when your not using the tablet or keyboard you can protect the 10-inch capacitive touchscreen with the keyboard dock.
For price projections Archos says the new G10 xs tablet will range from 199 to 299 Euros when it’s released
The premiumly designed Archos G10 xs tablet is designed to be the tablet that represents Archos innovation and performance capabilities for tablets. Now on the other hand the Archos Elements tablets will be the affordable Google certified tablets, which range in prices that are as much as half that of the G10 xs tablet.
The Archos Elements tablets will range in size from 7-, 8-, and 10-inches. The family will range in price from 129 up to 299 Euros, expect to see the 7-inch model priced the cheapest of the lot. In the looks department the Elements tablets will heavily resemble the current flock of Archos tablets, Gen 9 tablets mostly. The only major feature the Elements tablets will have over the current Gen 9 tablets is that they will be Google certified products, meaning that Google’s applications and the Android Market will come pre-installed with Google’s full support.
At this time Archos is keep the full details on the Archos Elements tablets quiet, but once those are released I’ll make sure to update this story.
Release projections indicate that the Elements tablets could be available for purchase as early as September of this year.