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Windows 7 Tablet Gets CPU Upgrade, More

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

Archos is sporting a meatier Archos 9 tablet at ceBIT 2010.

Jkkmobile, currently attending CeBIT 2010, is reporting that Archos is showcasing an upgraded version of its PC tablet, the Archos 9. The hardware revision could be a sign that Archos plans to duke it out with Apple and its upcoming tablet, the iPad.

Packed with Windows 7 Starter Edition, an 8.9-inch LED backlit, resistive touchscreen, 1GB or RAM and 60GB of HDD storage, the current version poses as a handy tool around the house for a meaty $550 USD. Consumers can play 1080p videos on its 16:9 screen, have video chats with its built-in webcam, and even access websites utilizing Adobe's Flash platform. It's definitely a sexy little machine.

However the version on display at CeBIT 2010 offers a faster CPU. The current model sports the Intel Atom Z510 clocking at 1.1 GHz, whereas the upgrade model's CPU is clocked at 1.2 GHz. There was also mention of a faster GPU (the current model uses the Intel Poulsbo US15W), a faster bus, and hyper-threading. The site also said that the hard drive size still remains the same at 1.8-inches... no surprise there.

The rest of the specs apparently are unchanged: a 1024 x 600 native resolution, USB 2.0 ports, Realtek ALC269 audio and more. Future upgrades may bring a capacitive multitouch display and an optional 3G module.

The revamped Archos 9 should pose as an excellent rival to Apple's iPad when it eventually hits the market. Hopefully the price will be reasonable.

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    mrddr6 , March 2, 2010 9:53 PM
    Quote:
    Consumers can play 1080p videos on its 16:9 screen
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    The rest of the specs apparently are unchanged: a 1024 x 600 native resolution
    So how can you view full 1080p on a 1024 x 600 screen?
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    XD_dued , March 2, 2010 9:22 PM
    Eh...i like keyboards. Netbook plz :D 
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    eklipz330 , March 2, 2010 9:25 PM
    if they made it usb 3.0, they would really take a [bad language] on apple

    and resistive touch screen? ehhhhh
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    mrddr6 , March 2, 2010 9:53 PM
    Quote:
    Consumers can play 1080p videos on its 16:9 screen
    Quote:
    The rest of the specs apparently are unchanged: a 1024 x 600 native resolution
    So how can you view full 1080p on a 1024 x 600 screen?
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    NapoleonDK , March 2, 2010 10:02 PM
    @mrddr6 No kidding... Archos 9 = Yay! This article = Meh.
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    Gin Fushicho , March 2, 2010 10:44 PM
    mrddr6So how can you view full 1080p on a 1024 x 600 screen?


    I second this question! How does the resolution change?
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    TheDuke , March 2, 2010 11:38 PM
    and yet this will still sell less than the Ipad
    how sad
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    Kelavarus , March 3, 2010 1:27 AM
    It says play 1080p, meaning without hitching, I imagine. My netbook can play 1080p, whether it looks fantastically better than 720p or whatever is what's debatable.

    Resistive -> Use whatever object as a stylus. Hellz yeah.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 3, 2010 1:29 AM
    mrddr6So how can you view full 1080p on a 1024 x 600 screen?


    It means the hardware is capable of decoding HD content in real time. It doesn't say you can view 1080p.
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    dantheman1001 , March 3, 2010 2:30 AM
    already beats out the ipad...but i wish it had multitouch :/ 
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    hakesterman , March 3, 2010 3:41 AM
    Comparing this to the Ipad is like Comparing Grapes to Banna's. The Archos is a very cheaply made
    device, it can not compete with the Ipad, the Ipad blows it away in Quality and software. Goto bestbuy
    and put the Archos in your hands, you will be very sad.
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    hakesterman , March 3, 2010 3:43 AM
    Comparing this to the Ipad is like Comparing Grapes to Banna's. The Archos is a very cheaply made
    device, it can not compete with the Ipad, the Ipad blows it away in Quality and software. Goto bestbuy
    and put the Archos in your hands, you will be very sad.
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    hp79 , March 3, 2010 5:56 AM
    You need to rename the title to something like "Archos 9 Windows 7 Tablet Gets CPU Upgrade".
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    crazymech , March 3, 2010 9:34 AM
    HDD on a tablet? Might as well use a HDD as a shovel for mowing the driveway and then put it in your pc afterwards. Slow AND fail-prone.
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    gilbertfh , March 3, 2010 10:39 AM
    hakestermanComparing this to the Ipad is like Comparing Grapes to Banna's. The Archos is a very cheaply madedevice, it can not compete with the Ipad, the Ipad blows it away in Quality and software. Goto bestbuyand put the Archos in your hands, you will be very sad.


    I would like to check out the quality myself but when it comes to software you are less restricted than you are with the iPad.
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    cptnjarhead , March 3, 2010 2:34 PM
    hakestermanComparing this to the Ipad is like Comparing Grapes to Banna's. The Archos is a very cheaply madedevice, it can not compete with the Ipad, the Ipad blows it away in Quality and software. Goto bestbuyand put the Archos in your hands, you will be very sad.

    U R Funny
    Ya know the problem with you Apple types? You just accept what ever Apple gives you.. they give you gold.. your like .. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!
    They give you a pile of dog sh@t with a bow on it..your like Yaaaaayyyyy!
    But PC people.. when MS gives us gold.. were like..cool.. but.. how about adding this..or i would like to see this..because we are very demanding and when they give us Sh@t .. we send it back.. Return to sender!
    PC types.. are always wanting more freedom.. less intrusion and more functionality for less money.. Apple types.. well.. you just take your bagg-O'Sh@t and keep smiling. :) 
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2010 2:46 PM
    How can you say the Ipad blows away the Archos in quality? Have you even touched an Ipad? We assume that Apple will be high quality, but then again, I haven't read much about Archos batteries exploding or starting on fire, plastic discoloring because of heat issues, or screens scratching for no reason. Both of these have happened to "quality" Apple products in the past. I will wait to reserve judgment on quality. As for software, if this thing is running windows 7, then it should be able to run any Windows programs right? And since it's an open platform, I can put whatever I want on it thank you. That being said, I want a multi-touch screen and then I will seriously consider it.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 3, 2010 4:04 PM
    "8.9-inch LED backlit, resistive touchscreen"

    It has an awful small screen!
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    mrface , March 3, 2010 4:09 PM
    please keep the language clean people.
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    orionite , March 5, 2010 5:46 AM
    Gin FushichoI second this question! How does the resolution change?


    The device has a VGA port, so you can hook it up to your HD TV.