When you think about most personal media players, they typically run on some sort of proprietary operating system. And that’s how I approached most Archos devices up until this point. However, it seems that Archos is ready to take a giant leap forward with the Archos9, because this UMPC/MID will be running on Windows 7.
Most of the Archos devices that we have seen up until now have been little more than multimedia players. Some of them had larger screens to accommodate your mobile movie watching tendencies. Some took a little step forward with Wi-Fi, so that you can surf the rudimentary web. With the Archos9, you’re getting a real computer in the palm of your hand.
The Archos9 is not a “basic touchscreen internet media tablet.” This is a full touch tablet with a full computer operating system. Going through the specs, you’ll find an Intel Atom Z515 processor, a 120GB hard drive, full touch support, an external mic, stereo speakers, optical trackpad, on-screen keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 9″ 1024×600 screen, VGA out, and built-in 1.3MP webcam.
The expectation is for the Archos9 Touch Tablet PC to hit European store shelves this October, coinciding with the official retail release of Windows 7. The pricing should be in the 500 Euro range, which translates to about US$699 based on today’s exchange rate (which will change as we get closer to the fall, I’m sure).
Source: UMPC Portal