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.