Interesting. Steve ““ChippyÃ¢â‚¬Â Paine managed to find some info in a press release from Archos that sure makes it look like the Portable Media Player (PMP) manufacturer is going to be releasing a 9 inch Tablet later this year. Here’s a look at a translation snippet from the press release:
Following the product launch and the ARCHOS 10s, is in the 3rd Quarter
9Ã¢â‚¬Âa revolutionary mini-notebook Tablet launched. This provides a
integrated, virtual keyboard and handwriting recognition. The new design
make the traditional mouse and keyboard redundant [uberfluessig] and
replaced it with a touchscreen keyboard and a TrackPoint mouse.
With the new 9Ã¢â‚¬ÂMini-Notebook Tablet ARCHOS once again exceed the
Boundaries in terms of design, form and functionality. And with a device,
the only 0.8 kg and 17 mm thick. The 9 ““Mini-Notebook Tablet
is thus one of the thinnest and lightest fully-functional
Mini-notebooks in its class. He is the great competitors in nothing
after and offers a disk size from 60 to 160 GB and has also
on the Intel (r) Atom Ã¢â€žÂ¢ Processor Z5xx the series and the Intel (r) System
Here’s a link to the full English version (PDF) of the press release. Archos’ devices certainly capture the eye and in many instances I believe it is tough to distinguish them from MIDs. Now it appears that Archos is adding a new category to its efforts.