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Archos 9 UMPC priced and dated

by Parm Mann on 6 July 2009, 12:00

Tags: Archos 9, Archos (EPA:JXR)

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Archos unveiled its 8.9in touchscreen UMPC, the Archos 9, earlier this month and scored a positive reception from our HEXUS.community members.

The handheld, pictured below, has now been marked for September availability here in the UK, with prices starting at £449.99 for an 80GB model and £499.99 for a larger 160GB option.

The Archos 9 measures 256mm x 134mm x 16mm, weighs under 800g, and features an 8.9in touchscreen display that provides a 1,024x600 resolution.

At the heart of the system lies an Intel Atom Z515 processor and US15W chipset. The Atom processor, using Intel's Burst Performance Technology, will moderate CPU speed up to a maximum of 1.2GHz. Not quick enough to win any benchmark awards, but throttling down when the system lays idle could work wonders for the Archos 9's battery life.

Elsewhere, there's 1GB of DDR2 memory, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a built-in webcam, a pair of USB ports and a dual DVB-T tuner.

We like what we're seeing, but we're a little dubious of the September launch date. The Archos 9 is said to feature Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, and that doesn't launch until October 22nd. It's possible that Archos will initially ship the system with Windows Vista and then offer customers a free upgrade to a comparative edition of Windows 7.

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Oooh, shame - I'd've been all for this at any price up to £400 - £450's unfortunately just that bit too rich for my blood. May as well get a conventional 9" netbook and a touchscreen kit at that price…
If £449 is the list price, actual sale price should be significantly less, especially after a couple of months. I know I got my 605Wifi for a lot less than the official list price.
Hmmm, good point. Perhaps that's why they're doing the September release? With Win 7 released in October it should give them a longer selling period at the higher price.

Perhaps I can put it on my Christmas list… ;)
Definitely on my Christmas list, lets hope the price drops between sept and November