It won’t be very surprising when we start seeing announcements of netbooks carrying Windows 7 as the release of the OS draws closer. Although, it seemed more likely to see a netbook announced with the OS before a tablet, despite the multi-touch features in Windows 7. However, Archos decided to announce its tablet is coming to the US before anyone could get their netbooks announcements out of the way.
We’ve actually seen the Archos 9 PCtablet before when it was announced several weeks ago. However, now we know that is will actually be coming to the US sometime this fall. The tablet itself is almost fully controlled by touch, though it also has an optical trackpad and some shortcut key along the side of the device. It will run on the standard netbook/small computer Intel Atom chip running at 1.2 GHz which should be able to handle Windows 7 decently well. There’s also included Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, no TV tuner like the European release, and no word on any other hardware components.
That wasn’t the only announcement Archos had, however. With all the talk of non-smartphone Android devices, we have yet to actually hear anything about them, until now. Archos has announced that it will be launching its Android mini-tablet at a special event on September 15th. The device will have 3G phone features, which presumably include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3G module in addition to 500 GB of storage, 7 hours of battery life, and even built-in flash support. Of course that all sounds nice, but also sounds potentially expensive. We’ll have to wait and see what Archos brings with this mini-tablet, and how it will compare to the HTC Hero and its Sense UI.