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Windows 7 Tablet Gets CPU Upgrade, More

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.

  • XD_dued
    Eh...i like keyboards. Netbook plz :D
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  • eklipz330
    if they made it usb 3.0, they would really take a on apple

    and resistive touch screen? ehhhhh
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  • mrddr6
    Consumers can play 1080p videos on its 16:9 screen
    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
    @mrddr6 No kidding... Archos 9 = Yay! This article = Meh.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    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
    and yet this will still sell less than the Ipad
    how sad
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  • Kelavarus
    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
    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
    already beats out the ipad...but i wish it had multitouch :/
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  • hakesterman
    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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