Category: Texas Instruments

Interview with the Texas Instruments OMAP4 team

Posted by – October 26, 2011

The TI OMAP4 team answers some of my OMAP4 related questions. Check back in the next 3 days for some Texas Instruments related videos to be posted from here at the ARM Technology Conference.

– What caused the delay for OMAP4460 1.5Ghz availability?

TI collaborates consistently with customers, ensuring the resulting products are effectively leveraging the OMAP platform to meet their device needs. The OMAP4460 processor is capable of running up to 1.5GHz. Devices on the market today are leveraging that same processor at 1.2GHz. Expect OMAP4460 processor-based devices running at 1.5GHz in the near future.

– Are OMAP4 at 1.2Ghz OMAP4460 or OMAP4430 type? How does Video playback, GPU, memory bandwidth differ between 1.2Ghz and 1.5Ghz for OMAP4? Any other differences other than clock frequency?

Both the OMAP4430 and OMAP4460 processors are clocked at 1.2GHz in recently announced devices, the Droid RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus respectively. Experiences are fairly consistent with both clock speeds, but the 1.5GHz gives an extra boost. The main upgrades to the OMAP4460 processor are an increased GPU performance and improved external memory access performance.

– How much faster is the OMAP4460 memory bandwidth compared to the Tegra2 devices that are on the market? Are we talking 7.5Gbitps vs 2.5Gbitps? Which other improvements would you say OMAP4460 provides over Tegra2?

The OMAP4460 processor delivers class-leading, dual-channel LPDDR2 memory architecture, vastly superior to competitive offerings, including Tegra 2. This memory capacity mixes with our smart-multicore approach in using specialized hardware to offload tasks from the main ARM processor to meet lower power consumption. Our video accelerator plus dual Cortex-M3 cores present a good example: all video standards are accelerated without using the main ARM MHz, and we achieve lower power than competitive devices that use more of the main ARM. Even with a fifth core, competition will still consume more power than dedicated hardware.

The OMAP4460 processor also includes 13 video decoders in the hardware – 4X the support of competitive offerings – and the highest level of mobile security for end-to-end protection. The OMAP 4 platform’s fully end-to-end security and video performance were key to its use in the Motorola Droid RAZR—the first device certified to stream premium Netflix content in HD. Click here for our related Mobile Momentum post.

– How does OMAP4460 compare with Samsung Exynos 4210 1.2Ghz in the Samsung Galaxy S2 (european version)? How does it compare with Qualcomm MSM8660 1.5Ghz in Samsung Galaxy S2 (us version)?

First, I’d like to add that the OMAP4430 is leveraged in the Samsung Galaxy S2 (Asia version), as well. The differentiators mentioned in the above question/response apply here as well. Since OMAP4460 processor-based devices are not yet on store shelves, there are no public benchmarks available at this time. However, we can say that the performance + power balance of the OMAP4460 exceeds that of competitors, similar to how its predecessors do on devices today. For example, we see today that Qualcomm’s MSM8260 graphics performance enables about 75 percent of what OMAP4430 processors can enable. Qualcomm claims a 1.5x performance improvement for the MSM8960 Adreno225, the resulting performance will land between that of OMAP4430 and the OMAP4470 capabilities. TI will still lead with the graphics performance of the OMAP4460 and OMAP4470 offerings.

– How does OMAP4460 compare with Apple A5 in iPhone 4S? How does OMAP4460 SGX540 compare with the Apple A5 SGX544? Is the OMAP4 configuration higher clock frequency on the GPU?

The architecture of the OMAP platform as a whole hinges on a sophisticated balance between the best performance and ultra-low power consumption. We’ve spent a decade+ perfecting this balance. We are not in the business of speeds and feeds, where merely cranking up a core’s speed is acceptable or appropriate. At TI, we believe that the GPUs, the CPUs and every other element in the platform must be in sync to achieve optimal performance across the system. And, we consistently deliver on that—finely tuning the performance levels to what each OMAP processor chassis ideally supports.
With that said, we’ve seen competitors increase, for example, their GPU performance with dramatic trade-offs. Those trade-offs typically mean larger die sizes—some at ~50% larger than the OMAP4460 processor—and greater power consumption, which in turn incur higher costs for the OEM and higher power loss for the end user. What’s more, end device applications have not yet caught up with the highest graphics performance delivered by these competitors. So, the competitive solutions are increasing costs, board space and power usage to provide performance that cannot be used by the end consumer.
TI, instead, remains focused on delivering OMAP processors with performance that is viable and highly-effective for our customers and, ultimately, their customers—the end user. Staying with the GPU example, the OMAP4460 processer includes the SGX540 GPU with dual channel memory and DSS. This graphics core is running at an increased speed compared to its preceding performance on the OMAP4430—delivering greater performance without draining power. This OMAP capability, along with the platform’s overall smart multicore architecture and offloading to cores more appropriate for tasks is a part of why the OMAP4460 is used in Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich GED—the Galaxy Nexus. The OMAP4460 competitively provided the best performance on all fronts within the ideal power envelope.

– How does OMAP4460 1.5Ghz compare with some of the latest Intel Atom in a netbook form factor? Can we run unlimited amounts of tabs in Chrome OS and Ice Cream Sandwich full screen HD web browsers?

The OMAP architecture is built upon the high performance + low power balance. The latter part of that equation is one that some competitors – including Intel – have yet to prove on mobile form factors. Yes, we can support multiple tabs on HD browsers.

– Is Flash11 fully hardware accelerated on OMAP4 yet? How soon is it ready? Does it mean 1080p Flash plays 100% smoothly in full screen on Android?

TI and Adobe have a deep working relationship, and currently have Flash video fully accelerated supporting 1080p Flash video. TI will continue to optimize the performance as new generations of Flash are released.

– Which benchmarks in Android show the full performance of OMAP4460? Are there any tweaks that you, Google or manufacturers can make to improve benchmark results for how OMAP4460 devices should compare with Tegra2, Exynos 4210, MSM8660 devices?

The only announced OMAP4460 processor device is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Because this device has not launched, there are no public performance benchmarks currently available.

– How does OMAP4460 1.5Ghz compare with Nvidia Tegra3 Kal-El? How does OMAP4470 1.8Ghz compare with it? Is it correct to consider that an OMAP4470 dual-core 1.8Ghz mostly performas faster than a Tegra3 quad-core 1.2Ghz? How soon are you shipping OMAP4470 and is it nearly fully compatible with OMAP4460 designs making the upgrade relatively simple for manufacturers?

As mentioned in the above response, the OMAP4460 and OMAP4470 processors offer various benefits over Nvidia’s comparative solutions. The OMAP4460 processor delivers class-leading, dual-channel LPDDR2 memory architecture, vastly superior to competitive offerings, including Tegra 2. This memory capacity mixes with our smart-multicore approach in using specialized hardware to offload tasks from the main ARM processor to meet lower power consumption. Our video accelerator plus dual Cortex-M3 cores present a good example: all video standards are accelerated without using the main ARM MHz, and we achieve lower power than competitive devices that use more of the main ARM. Even with a fifth core, competition will still consume more power than dedicated hardware. The OMAP4460 processor also include 13 video decoders in the hardware – 4X the support of competitive offerings – and the highest level of mobile security for end-to-end protection.

Moving to the next generation, the OMAP4470 processor is not just faster ARM speed. It is optimized for large screen form factors with 2D/3D accelerators and dual-channel memory. An example is a 1080p VTC with UI composition on a WUXGA screen – this uses up to 5GBps of memory. Competitors’ processors with single-channel memory simply cannot deliver, and dual-channel, non-interleaved competitive solutions run out of steam as well.

The OMAP4470 processor is expected to sample in the second half of 2011, with devices expected to hit the market in first half 2012. The OMAP4470 processor has complete pin-to-pin hardware and software compatibility, allowing rapid transition and maximum re-use of investment from OMAP4430 and OMAP4460 processors.

– I’d understand that Google does not let you say, but if OMAP4460 is reference platform for Ice Cream Sandwich, does that mean Android 4.0 can be used for Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Set-top-boxes and combinations thereof also? Any thing to say about how advanced you have become working with Linaro, with Canonical, Google on Chrome OS or Google TV (if those aren’t yet fully combined in Ice Cream Sandwich)?

TI’s OMAP4460 processor is indeed the processor of choice for Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out our Mobile Momentum blog post for more: click here. We envision Android 4.0 running on a slew of OMAP 4 processor-based form factors, from smartphones to tablets, ultra-thin computing devices and more. In terms of the last part of your questions, we can’t comment on any engagements beyond those that are public. What’s more – we’re excited that the OMAP4460 processor is the processor of choice for the first Android OS that can port from Smartphones to Tablets.

Overall, we have very strong, working relationships with the groups you mentioned.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich runs on Texas Instruments OMAP4460

Posted by – October 19, 2011

The new awesome Samsung Galaxy Nexus was just unveiled in Hong Kong. It has an amazing 1280×720 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED screen, LTE/HSDPA+ and runs on the new Texas Instruments OMAP4460 1.2Ghz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. This is what TI’s Vice President of OMAP platform business unit Remi El-Ouazzane has to say about this:

Today is a great day for our collaboration with Google…The long-awaited Android 4.0 release is finally being revealed with the OMAP4460 processor powering the absolutely gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Nexus device. I am so excited about this launch. What I may be the most excited by is not only the ability to converge to one Android release for both smartphones and tablets, but to be able to pack that level of performance across graphics or video on an HD screen and within the power envelope of a smartphone device…This is where our OMAP smart multicore architecture makes a huge difference. At the end of the day, brute force (number of cores, for instance) does not rival sophistication.

and a further statement from TI:

Today, TI proudly revealed a major OMAP platform milestone: yes, the highly-anticipated Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” release runs on the OMAP4460 processor. This advancement is an exceptional demonstration of what OMAP processors uniquely do, and what separates them from competitors in the mobile processing world: the ability to provide hardware-integrated security, distinctive and advanced imaging features, enhanced memory and more, all on a smart multicore architecture.

Here are some of my impressions and expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich:

– This means Samsung can maybe “easily” update processor speed to 1.5Ghz and maybe also later to the OMAP4470 1.8Ghz when those faster OMAP4 processors become available.

– I don’t know how fast Samsung can manufacture these screens and how much it costs them, my guess is this screen is the most expensive Super AMOLED yet, and I guess that Super AMOLED is already quite a bit more expensive than LCD and I wonder if Samsung is able to manufacture enough of these screens to not create major shortages for the availability of this Galaxy Nexus worldwide for the months to come. If there is one phone worth queuing up for if you want to be sure to get one in the first weeks/months at release, this may be it.

– They haven’t yet shown what happens when you connect to HDTV output, I wonder if the “pins” on the side provide HDMI and data output/input or/and if an MHL connector takes care of this like on the Samsung Galaxy S2. I expect the full Motorola Atrix type Laptop Dock, Desktop Dock, Multimedia Dock, all those features are likely part of Android 4.0, which is why I think Ice Cream Sandwich means the merger of Android with Chrome OS and Google TV.

– Samsung Galaxy Nexus is likely going to be expensive. This is not news though for high-end smartphones, those are all ridiculously expensive today. But that’s just how things are, and they are able to sell tens of millions at those expensive prices. Consider that you are paying $2000 to $3000 for this phone with a 2 year contract. Considering the possibility that Samsung may not be able to manufacture enough of those 720p HD Super AMOLED screens, they may even purposefully increase the price even further at launch.

Archos 80 G9 for sale at $269 through Amazon and Circuit City

Posted by – October 12, 2011

I just checked the latest price on the Archos 80 G9 tablet (the basic 1Ghz 8GB version), and wow, it seems to be just $269 now on Amazon.com

It currently says:

Ships from and sold by CircuitCity.

The Archos 101 G9 1Ghz 8GB is also now for sale on Archos.com for $369 at this URL: http://store.archos.com/10070_101g9_landing.php

Consider that the 1.2Ghz Turbo version with 16GB and 250GB hard drive will also start becoming available later this month. And that the 1.5Ghz version should start being for sale around December normally. The faster Turbo versions having more storage will obviously be a little bit more expensive.

I hope to get my Archos G9 tablet within a few days, and then I’ll post my full video-review. For now you can see my short overview video that I filmed of early pre-release prototypes of these tablets last July:

Variscite announces OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual-core System On Module

Posted by – October 11, 2011

Press release:

Variscite announces the first System on Module based on TI’s OMAP4460 smart multicore processor with dual ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCores™ running at up to 1.5GHz each – now the fastest on the market.
Variscite is really speeding things up with the new future-proof and highly integrated VAR-SOM-OM44, responding to the increasing demand for faster processing and cutting-edge multimedia performance. Leveraging Variscite’s known design expertise for proprietary System-on-Chips from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), this offering is based on TI’s smart multicore OMAP4460 (OMAP 4) mobile processor. The VAR-SOM-OM44 is ideal for a wide range of target markets requiring rich multimedia functionality, advanced graphics and video capabilities, together with high-processing power.

Find more info: http://www.variscite.com/

Archos wants to provide the G9 tablets for 0.50€ per day with 3G to students in France

Posted by – October 3, 2011

The Archos CEO Henri Crohas today spoke on French radio station France Inter (the audio is in French) to suggest for a Government supported promotion plan to be offered to French students where the student can pay only half a euro per day to get the Archos 80 G9 with 3G stick and with a 3G data connection on a 2-year contract.

The French Government is launching an offer to students in France to get an iPad2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for 1€ per day over a 2-year contract to get the tablet and 3G connectivity. That amounts to 730€. As a counter attack, Archos is suggesting that the Government support a French offer to French students, where the student can choose to get the Archos 80 G9 with 3G stick and with 3G access for half the price 0.50€ per day over 2 years, that amounts to only 365€. Given a choice with such huge price difference, obviously most students will choose the Archos tablet deal and not Samsung or Apple.

Archos is the only Tablet maker in France, and one of the only tablet makers based in Europe. The latest sales numbers for Tablet sales in France show that Archos is biggest Android tablet maker in terms of market share, in front of Samsung. They are of course second biggest tablet maker after Apple, for example last November and December months, Archos had 22% tablet market share in France and Apple had 68%. But that difference may get lowered quickly if the French Government accepts to support providing Archos tablets to all French students at a discounted price, half the price compared to the iPad2, all the while Archos providing a faster processor and far more features such as more video codecs supported, HDMI, 2x USB Hosts, Kick-stand (which makes it much more usable for education) an up to 50% faster processor and more.

Consider that Archos only has 100 employees, and Apple has 50 thousand (500x more). Consider that Archos has a market capitalisation of $200 Million on the Paris stock exchange while Apple is valued at $350 Billion on NASDAQ (1750x more). That Archos has about $40 Million cash to use for launching mass production while Apple has $70 Billion cash that they can use to launch as much mass production as they want (1750x more). And regardless of all that, it seems Archos may find a way in France to single handedly sell more tablets than Apple.

Slashgear.com: Archos 80 G9 1Ghz review

Posted by – September 26, 2011

The Archos 80 G9 for sale at $299 is hereby the worlds most powerful Android tablet, scoring 987, that’s higher than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Vellamo benchmark:


click for the full size image

Here is their review: http://www.slashgear.com/archos-80-g9-review-video-25182615/

You can discuss this review and video in the ArchosFans forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=86&t=57174

Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 runs Windows 8

Posted by – September 17, 2011

Video showing Windows 8 running on a Texas Instrument OMAP4430 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, it’s behind glass though they are not showing things react to touch in this video.

Source: anandtech.com

Hannspree SN-10T4, OMAP4430 based 10.1″ capacitive tablet

Posted by – September 5, 2011

Hannspree is releasing this new Honeycomb tablet based on the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor.

Archos G9 Tablets official $ USD pricing confirmed

Posted by – September 4, 2011

Archos is releasing the G9 tablets worldwide in the coming weeks, scheduled for global release by the end of September. Here are the official $ USD prices:

Archos 80 G9:
8GB 1Ghz: $299
16GB 1.5Ghz: $329
250GB 1.5Ghz: $369

Archos 101 G9:
8GB 1Ghz: $369
16GB 1.5Ghz: $399
250GB 1.5Ghz: $469

For the confirmation if 8GB 1Ghz versions have 512MB RAM and 16GB and 250GB 1.5Ghz versions have 1GB RAM, you have to wait another few days or weeks for Archos to give us an official confirmation on the RAM capacity. As far as I understand, they may still be testing out the different types of RAM and capacities based on the latest Honeycomb 3.2 software most optimized for the high memory bandwidth of the OMAP4460 processor, to determine which type and capacity of RAM to use. Though these 1.5Ghz tablets are probably right now coming out of those factories so Archos should be able to confirm this at any moment now. Let’s try again tomorrow and the day after, when the engineers are not on their week-end break and can give us an answer.

PocketBook A10 Android Tablet

Posted by – September 3, 2011

PocketBook launches their new PocketBook A10 Android Tablet. It has a 10.1″ capacitive touch screen and uses the Texas Instruments OMAP3621 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 512MB RAM.

PocketBook at IFA 2011 Press Conference

Posted by – September 3, 2011

This is the full PocketBook press conference (partly in English and partly in German) at IFA 2011, where they launch the new PocketBook A10 Android Tablet.

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 3.6

Posted by – September 2, 2011

This is the new 3.65″ HVGA capacitive, Android WiFi tablet PMP device, running on a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor. The target price is 179€.

Archos G9 € European pricing announced at IFA 2011

Posted by – September 1, 2011

These cool new Archos tablets start at 249€ for the 8″ 8GB 1Ghz, 299€ for the 10.1″ 8GB 1Ghz device. Consider US prices do not include VAT so similar $249 to $299 starting price can perhaps be expected in the US, though the $ is weak at the moment so US prices might start at something closer to $299 and $349 (to be confirmed officially tomorrow). You get 1.5Ghz processor speed when you choose the 16GB or 250GB versions that are slightly more expensive. Also check back for my further videos tomorrow on the Archos G9 series, I will ask them about the performance and more.

Toshiba AT200, 1.2Ghz OMAP4430, 7.7mm thin Honeycomb 3.2 Tablet

Posted by – September 1, 2011

Here’s the worlds thinnest 10.1″ IPS tablet. Only 7.7mm thickness.

Pricing speculations on cheaper Samsung Galaxy R, Tegra2 4.2″ Super Clear LCD Smartphone

Posted by – August 14, 2011

Arguably, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is the best phone in the world today. Samsung now also brings what looks to become a lower cost similar smartphone experience using the Tegra2 Dual-core 1Ghz processor instead of the 1.2Ghz Dual-core Exynos and using an LCD touch screen instead of the more expensive and harder to manufacture Super AMOLED Plus screen.

I played with the Samsung Galaxy S2 for a few days as I was able to borrow it during Computex, it’s a very impressive phone, the screen is amazing and the processor for now seems unbeaten in terms of performance (until 1.5Ghz Dual-core OMAP4460 devices start coming out next month).

In Europe, I cannot find the Samsung Galaxy S2 sold below 458€ and in the US it seems to cost $629. Clearly, that’s very expensive. But I guess, many people still consider that the normal going rate for high-end smart phones?

What is really the true manufacturing cost for Samsung on the Samsung Galaxy S2? My guess is they spend less than $200 to manufacture each phone (which is probably a bit higher than Apple and other LCD based Android smart phone makers pay per phone). Which means they are making upwards 200% profit margin on each phone. Sure enough, Samsung spends extra on making the Super AMOLED Plus screen, which they also are in the process of using their new multi-billion dollar Super AMOLED Plus factory to try to ramp up mass manufacturing to keep up with demand. But I guess that’s just how things are for getting a Samsung for now. I’d find it cool if they decided to sell the Samsung Galaxy S2 for $250 unlocked or 250€, it may allow them to not loose money and gain huge market share as they increase their mass manufacturing even much further, but that may be too disruptive for the whole smart phone carrier business model yet.

Anyways, Samsung may save with Galaxy R compared to S2 (according to my pure guess) about $20 on the LCD, and perhaps about $10 on the processor and other electronics that come with the Tegra2 package. A $30 savings in Bill of Material, may translate to upwards $100 cheaper retail price. So I expect Samsung will sell the Samsung Galaxy R below 399€ and below $499 as unlocked. I do not consider the carrier subsidized pricings as I consider those more expensive, they can sometimes add up to $2500 over the 2-year contracts, which I do not consider a pricing advantage over buying the phones unlocked and then using cheaper data and voice SIM cards in there.

What do I recommend geeks who want the best regardless of the price? If you can’t wait, get a Samsung Galaxy S2, don’t look too much at the price tag, consider all competing big brand Android phones cost about the same. If you can wait, maybe in 1 or 2 months, the rumored Samsung Nexus Prime might be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich. I do not know if the rumors of a 720p Super AMOLED Plus 4.3″ screen are realistic, or if Samsung will use the 1.5Ghz Dual-core OMAP4460 or perhaps overclock their own Dual-core Exynos platform to 1.5Ghz. I would not be surprised if the rumored Nexus Prime is more or less the same as a Samsung Galaxy S2, with very minor design changes and it just running vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich, just like the Nexus S is a copy of the Samsung Galaxy S1 and the Nexus One is a copy of the HTC Desire. The OMAP4460 Ice Cream Sandwiches might be used by LG, Motorola and other companies which may have more history in working with Texas Instruments, but who knows, maybe Texas Instruments is doing huge efforts to provide attractive package deals to all the device makers and that they all feel they cannot afford to miss the non-exclusive TI OMAP4460 based opportunity.

TheInquirer recently quoted analysts saying that Samsung has now overtaken Apple and has become the worlds biggest smart phone maker.

Samsung might have sold more smartphones than Apple and Nokia during April, May and June

With phones like the Samsung Nexus Prime, Galaxy R, cheaper Galaxy phones (2, 3) targetted at pre-paid and developing countries (including focus on BRIC, Brazil, Russia, India, China), the new Super AMOLED Plus factory being ready for increased mass production, Samsung’s rise in smart phone market share is likely to only increase. Consider that with just Samsung’s Android smart phones, there are more sales than the iPhone, consider how much more Android smart phones sell overall compared to iPhone when all the other many growing Android smart phone makers are put together. I think it is not ridiculous to expect a 1/4 ratio in daily sales to be demonstrated pretty soon, likely before Christmas, regardless of how many current iPhone owners decide to upgrade to the iPhone5.

Bodhi Linux for ARM project now on Kickstarter

Posted by – July 28, 2011

Jeff Hoogland posted this project on kickstarter.com for developing an alternative embedded Linux OS for ARM Powered tablets:

We want to provide an elegant, fully open Linux based operating system that is a viable alternative to Android and Meego for mobile touch screen devices. Competition stimulates market growth and produces better products over all for consumers. An open development model means no surprises or lock downs that will hurt end users. It also means developers can more easily get involved and contribute to what we are creating.

We are starting with Debian as our base and building our interface on top of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFLs). It will be optimized for touch screen devices, but the interface will still be practical for devices controlled by a keyboard and mouse. We have an ever growing team that is dedicated to producing a quality product.

Here’s a video demo of Bodhi Linux current version running on the Archos 70 Internet Tablet that can be legally-rooted for installing alternative multi-boot software.

Find out more about this Bodhi Linux project at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/560221218/bodhi-linux-for-arm

Best Tablet in the World: Archos 80 and 101 G9, my first hands-on

Posted by – July 13, 2011

I got lucky enough to be able to play around with the new Archos G9 tablets for a few minutes (as I am the admin on http://forum.archosfans.com), they are awesome. Here are some of the features that I think makes this probably one of the best tablets in the world when it comes out in September:
– 50% faster than iPad2/Xoom/Transformer/Tab101/etc, 1.5Ghz Dual-core OMAP4460 ARM Cortex-A9 vs 1Ghz for the others (Quad-cores such as Nvidia Tegra3 are rumored to come at 1.2Ghz so this dual-core may be 25% faster for some things that are not too parallel and perhaps about 20% slower on other more parallel processed things)
– Optional unlocked $49 3G Dongle slides in the back
– Built-in kick-stand
– HDMI-out (1080p All Codecs High Profile High Bitrates) with most powerful Video/Audio/Photo apps on any device with automatic meta-data and Upnp/Samba streaming support
– 2x USB Host (one is dedicated for 3G Dongle)
– Honeycomb 3.2 with official Google Marketplace pre-installed
– Most importantly, starts at $279 for 8″, $349 for 10.1″, there will be all kinds of options though, 16GB Flash or 250GB hard drive (the 250GB version is likely around $100 more than the 16GB flash version, to be confirmed) don’t worry about hard drive speed/failures, all the Android OS and apps are on 4GB Flash based ROM cache so the OS feels 100% as fast as on a Flash based tablet, the HDD only spins up when loading big video files into memory while you probably are not likely to be running around with it anyway.

This is my first video showing how those tablets are. Look forward to many more videos that I will post about the Archos G9 if I can get some review samples at one point in the next few weeks until and after they are released in September worldwide.

I would have liked to see them do 5″ and 7″ G9 tablets as well to be more pocketable (pants 5″ or jacket 7″ pockets), but for now, Archos has nothing to announce regarding more sizes for the G9 series, it’s open to speculation, my speculation is that it may be the reason for them to have to wait for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich to come and support more screen sizes officially and also it may be a question of production capacity and limiting the amount of skews they release.

The OMAP4460 that comes in the Archos G9 series is quite amazing. It can do 1080p at 60 frames per second, for sure all codecs high profile high bitrates at 30 frames per second. It’s got an awesome overclocked Imagination GPU for advanced 3D graphics making HDMI out 3D games smooth and totally making this a potential up to N64/PS/DC emulator console replacement on your HDTV. HD Netflix can be supported. You can easily do 720p video conferencing, even 1080p video conferencing can be supported if a 1080p USB Webcam can be made to work on this Android.

Archos 80 G9, Archos 101 G9, official presentation video

Posted by – June 23, 2011

Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9, just unveiled. This is the official presentation video. Find more informations at http://www.archos.com/products/gen9/index.html?country=us&lang=en

Archos 101 G9, 1280×800 Honeycomb, up to 250GB, starts at $349

Posted by – June 23, 2011

$349, Honeycomb 3.2, Google Marketplace, 3G dongle can be integrated, up to 250GB Hard Drive storage, 1280×800 resolution touch screen, available in September, 1080p@60fps full codecs high profile video playback support… Engadget is posting some infos.

Archos 80 G9, 1.5Ghz Dual-core OMAP4460 Honeycomb tablets

Posted by – June 23, 2011

Engadget is posting some infos.