Well Archos G9 owners, you’re in luck. The company has now stated these devices will receive free updates to the latest Android version, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) sometime in Q1 2012. If Archos pull this off, I can imagine many seeing them as more of a luxury manufacturer rather than a mid-range device manufacturer. This is important if they want their Turbo range to succeed, given their high price tag. We will look at this range in a bit more detail below.
If you have been burying your head in the sand for the past few months, Ice Cream Sandwich is the major new Android OS, that brings a whole host of UI changes and various feature upgrades to the OS. Many have said it is the biggest update since Froyo (2.2). It will allow you to unlock your phone with facial recognition, real time voice transcription and various image and video editing tools that reduce the need for external apps. All in all its a very polished and good OS that easily makes it compete against iOS 5 and Windows Mobile Phone 7.5 Mango.
We briefly mentioned the “Turbo” range earlier. This is a new tablet that sports a 1.2GHz dual core processor (A Ti OMAP processor to be exact) and 512MB of RAM. This device should be launched sometime just before Christmas and will cost $469. Such a high price tag seems odd, given that the specifications, although currently good, are going to be almost immediately outdated by the Quad-Core processors hitting tablets early 2012. The 10.1 inch model will run at 1280 x 800 resolution and will also have 16GB of internal storage.
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