Archos has been cranking out tablets since before the iPad, one being the original Archos 9, a Windows 7 toting Atom tablet with a resistive 8.9-inch screen that launched in late 2009 that critics panned for its weak processor and unresponsive touch controls.
The folks at Archos must have taken notes, because the company has announced an updated Archos 9, with an upgraded Atom processor (1.2 GHz Z515) and 32GB solid-state drive. The original Archos 9 had a 1.1GHz Atom Z510 and 60GB hard-disk drive.
Other specs include Windows 7 Starter and 1.3 megapixel webcam. The display is still restive, but according to Archos, the “high-resolution screen supports HD video playback up to 1080p [1024 x 600] and is backed by integrated stereo speakers.”
Other specs include 1GB RAM, b/g Wi-Fi Bluetooth 2.0, 3.5MM audio jack, and five-hour battery.
The new and improved Archos 9 will cost $429. There is no word on availability.