Archos Ships 80 G9 Turbo 8" Tablet With Android 4.0

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To date, not too many Android tablets have shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich onboard. Why? Perhaps only Google knows, but there's serious motivation to get cranking on that with Google I/O just a few months away. Archos, a low-cost leader in the space, has just announced that their 80 G9 Turbo slate is now shipping, and yes, Android 4.0 is on board. Inside the case, there's a 1.5GHz OMAP4 processor, an 8" display (1024x768), a 720p front-facing camera, and your choice of 8GB of 16GB of storage.

Archos is known for keeping the price points well below that of others, and that's not changing here. These will ship for around $310 and $380, depending on capacity, and that's about as cheap as it gets for an Android 4.0 tablet with a screen larger than seven inches. Of course, Archos isn't a major name like Lenovo or HP, but with prices like that, they might just snag a few converts.
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realneil replied on Sun, Mar 18 2012 9:48 PM

Nothing wrong with low cost solutions on the market. I wonder what level of quality they've achieved with these things?

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Mar 22 2012 8:58 AM

Archos units are generally very good quality-wise but they don't release any updates for their hardware. So if this tablet launches with ICS there will not be any updates for it even incremental ones [i.e.. 4.01. 4.02 etc].

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RBarrett replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 10:07 PM

I have the Archos 80 g9 and the quality is quite good. There are regular updates from every few weeks. Right now I am on version 4.0.3. When it was running honeycomb it went from 3.0 then 3.1 and soon 3.2. All updates were very timely. I was more happy with the speed of the updates than the quality of the tablet to be honest. Good Product and would recommend it.

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