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Archos teases Gen 9 tablets for June with 1.6GHz dual-core

updated 11:40 am EDT, Sun March 20, 2011

Archos plans to ship Gen 9 Android tablets in June

Archos in a presentation caught late this past week has confirmed that it would ship its Gen 9 (ninth generaiton) tablets in June. The designs would theoretically be some of the fastest with a dual-core, 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor inside. The speed would put Archos at the "forefront" of performance over the 900MHz to 1GHz chips in the iPad 2 and the Xoom, Le Journal du Geek saw in its view of the presentation.

The designs would likely be Archos' first with Android 3.0. Some of them will still use hard drives and will have had a "deep redesign" at the OS layer to optimize them for spinning storage, Archos said. They would also have a "disruptive" approach to 3G that would help get a foothold with carriers wanting to sell tablets.

Along with the future vision, Archos also painted an optimistic picture of its market share in 2011. It still saw Apple claiming half of the entire market to itself, but it saw itself participating in the 21 percent of tablets under iPad pricing. Archos' spread is wide and will include tablets just below 400 euros ($567) down to very low-cost Arnova tablets in the 100 euro ($148) range.

The France-based company was one of the earliest to put out non-Windows tablets but has often had trouble competing outside of Europe, especially in the wake of the iPad. Its strategy has nonetheless been successful both outside of those riskier areas as well as in the budget realm, where Apple doesn't choose to compete.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bearcat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So it'll have a super fast processor. That way it can whip through the POS operating system and crash that much faster!!!

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    where is this marketshare?

    Are they predicting they will get 21% worldwide? Or is it just in the city where their company headquarters is in?

    And as a bonus, you have to hope Archos gives you updates to the tablet's OS, because they need to do a 'deep redesign' to support HD.

  1. serkol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Competition is good

    I wish they can make it with a 10" IPS screen, and sell it for the same price as iPad or for less, and get 20% of the market. Maybe then Apple will put 32GB of flash into the cheapest iPad. These days, 32GB is really a minimum, it's hard to live with just 16GB.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    9th ?

    Hmm, i must have missed eight generations....

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Speed and specs

    Why would it matter how fast a processor is if you don't have software or an ecosystem to operate it in?

    With cars, speed is important because they go somewhere. With computing, it is about data presentation and time. If it takes too much time to present data in a useful and meaningful way, then we are not well served. Humans can consume data at a limited rate and a computer just has to be fast enough.

    Speed comes at the cost of power consumption and if your 'ultra portable' tablet is tethered to the wall outlet, it isn't 'ultra portable'.

  1. bigpics

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Engage mind before snark

    Re nowwhatareyoulookingat:

    Reading articles for content and actually looking at the charts on things you want to pontificate to the world about might be a hobby worth taking up.

    " [Archos] saw itself participating in the 21 percent of tablets under iPad pricing." That would be all of the companies selling into that predicted market segment, not just Archos. So this was not a mouse roaring, rather a company defining the segments it plans to play in.

    Re tortenteufel:

    It probably is about their 9th generation. I've been looking at their gadgets since before iOS and Android. Never felt that motivated to buy one, however they've rolled out enough of a variety of "value-priced" 5", 7" and other devices aimed at various subsets of digital tasks in various form factors and various OS's that I found reading their promotional materials at least interesting, and could see other people getting solutions from them.

    Plus their sheer persistence in what was a tiny market until iOS indicates they've developed sales channels and some brand recognition beyond their "home town."

    Think their big lurch toward Android tablet was rolled out at this year's CES, even as they continued distributing previous products. I had assumed they were a small Asian company trying to build a brand, e.g., as Asus has, so surprised to learn their HQ at least is in Europe - and being in France actually helps me understand the quirkiness of some of their earlier designs, having followed the French car industry over the decades, LoL.

    The already Buzzword Hall of Fame worthy "Post PC" era will see far more than iPad-style devices and (already) "traditional" smartphones, some general purpose and some more targeted at particular tasks (e.g., business and industry specific tasks like inventory, POS, "meter-maid" devices, a variety of hospital and outpatient applications, etc., etc. - to light weight smaller "Surface" style devices that can be transported around a meeting or training center - to as yet uninvented devices, interfaces and uses.)

    I have no idea if Archos will be a leader or even a player here, and have seen reviews all over the map concerning build quality and functionality of earlier Archos offerings, but they do have more experience than most and have shown the capacity to think outside of PC size boxes before many bothered to.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    fast car

    Let a fast dragster race with a slow VW in the Alps. Just try it. Within the first two turns, the race is over—the faster car is off the cliff.

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