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[CES 2013] ARCHOS Introduces Titanium Line, Including The 70, 80, 101, And Previously Seen 97 Titanium HD Tablets

ARCHOS is not messing around! After releasing the first in its iPad Titanium line of tablets, the 97 Titanium HD, sans price, the company is back for more with three new slates in the family: the 70 (a 7" tablet), the 80 (an 8" tablet), and the 101 (can you guess? can you? I bet you can. Yes, it's a 10.1" tablet!). The company isn't even being shy about its intent.

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Archos G9 80 / 101 Receiving Small Software Update To Version 4.0.7

Owners of Archos' G9 series of tablets should be receiving an update today, bringing the software version of their devices to 4.0.7. The update contains mostly bug fixes, but also enhances graphics performance:

Version 4.0.7 - June 19th, 2012

  • Applications: fix no audio when launching video capture impacting applications like Skype
  • Display: graphics performance enhancements
  • Hard drive based products: avoid potential loss of hard drive when 3G USB port is switched on with no peripheral attached
  • Wi-Fi: fix some more disconnect cases happening on some access points

Archos has been fairly consistent about updating the devices regularly - the last OTA update went out just over a month ago.

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Archos Releases A Firmware Update (4.0.6) For The 80/101 G9 Tablets, Fixes A Variety Of Bugs

The Archos tablets may not be the best in class in terms of hardware or feature sets, but the most recent round of tablets won us over a bit by leaving Ice Cream Sandwich largely untouched. Today the tablet gets a little sweeter as Archos is rolling out an update for the slate's firmware that fixes a variety of bugs.

Version 4.0.6 - May 3rd, 2012

  • Wi-Fi: fix more disconnect cases happening on some access points
  • GPS: increase stability of GPS
  • HDMI: do not propose overscan setting when TV supports underscan
  • muSD: improve reliability of card insertion detection
  • muSD: fix read/write permission issue occurring with some applications
  • Applications: fix platform reboot occurring sometimes after a while when using high CPU demanding applications

To clarify, as we know this will cause some confusion, this is not Android 4.0.6, which is not out yet.

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Surprisingly Affordable LG Lucid Now Available On Verizon For $79.99 And Wirefly For $60 Cheaper

The LG Lucid, previously known as the Cayman, is available on Verizon Wireless starting today, March 29th. This decently spec'ed handset sports:

  • dual-core 1.2GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4" IPS LCD reinforced by Corning glass
  • 5MP rear and VGA front-facing cameras with 1080p video capture support
  • 8GB internal storage with support for a MicroSD card up to 32GB in size (sold separately)
  • 1700mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
  • 4G LTE support (as will be the case with all future VZW phones)
  • Mobile hotspot with up to 10 devices while on LTE or 5 devices on 3G
  • Android 2.3, slated for Ice Cream Sandwich
  • A whole slew of VZW apps crapware

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Looking at these specs, if I didn't know any better, I'd ballpark the price for this device somewhere around $150.

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ARCHOS Now Shipping 1.5GHz "Turbo" Variants Of 80 And 101 G9 Tablets

Those who have been waiting for ARCHOS' 1.5GHz variants of the G9 series of tablets are in luck –  both tablets' "turbo versions" are now shipping from the manufacturer's web store.


For those who may not be familiar with ARCHOS' G9 series of tablets, here are the specs:

  • 1024x768 8" or 1280x800 10.1" display
  • OMAP 4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 8GB flash memory or 250GB HDD (plus a microSD slot)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 720p front-facing camera
  • 1080p video playback
  • MicroUSB and Mini HDMI ports

With base prices of just $269 and $329 respectively, both G9 tablets make affordable, yet powerful options for those looking to get an Android-powered tablet.  As an added bonus, ARCHOS is offering free shipping on both.

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Archos: All G9 Tablets To Be Upgraded To Ice Cream Sandwich By First Week Of February '12

ASUS isn't the only one upgrading their tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich in the beginning of February - we were running around the South Hall at CES 2012 and ran into Archos, which, among other things, manufactures a whole series of G9 tablets (various combinations of 101 and 80).

Guess what - all of the G9 tablets are scheduled to receive ICS starting the first week of February (they did let everyone know it would happen "in the near future" a few days ago, but we were able to get the most up-to-date timeline today).

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Mega-Holiday Lightning Giveaway #3: Win An Archos 80 G9 8GB Classic Or 101 G9 8GB Classic For Doing Almost Nothing

Another day, another giveaway. Today, we're holding another one of our "lightning" giveaways, which will continue until tomorrow, December 18th at 11:59PM PST. For your consideration, we have two Archos tablets: the Archos 80 G9, and the 101 G9. Both come in the 8GB "Classic" trim and are equipped with TI OMAP4 1GHz dual-core processors, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and allow for up to 7 hours of video playback. They're both equipped with kickstands as well, so there's no need to go buy a costly tablet folio to enjoy some hands-free video watching.

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HTC Wildfire S Now Available On T-Mobile For $80 With Two-Year Agreement

It's August 3rd, and as promised, the HTC Wildfire S is now available on T-Mobile. The Wildfire S is the newest mid-range device to grace the Land of Pink, most likely aimed at tweeners and smartphone newcomers.

HTC Wildfire S_

Spec porn:

  • 3.2 inch 320x480 display
  • 800MHz single-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • SD Card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense

You can grab this device in white directly from T-Mo for $80 after a $50 mail-in-rebate, or hit up T-Mobile's online store, Sam's Club, or Wal-Mart to score the black variation.

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T-Mobile Announces The HTC Wildfire S, Coming August 3rd For $80 After MIR

T-Mobile announced its newest midrange handset today: the HTC Wildfire S. The Wildfire S is a great middle-of-the-road phone for anyone on a budget, with somewhat modest specs:

HTC Wildfire S_

  • 3.2 inch 320x480 display
  • 800MHz single-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • SD Card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense

It may not be the hottest phone on the planet, but at least it has a decent amount of RAM for multitasking, and Android 2.3 runs great on slower hardware (I'm trying to be optimistic here).

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Verizon Launching $80 LG Vortex November 18

We always knew Verizon and AT&T would be getting their hands on devices much like T-Mobile's Optimus T and Sprint's Optimus S; we just didn't know when they would start selling them. Well, you can now cross the former of the two off your list, for Big Red just announced that the LG Vortex will be coming to its stores come November 18th, along with:

  • Android 2.2 with full access to the Android Market
  • Bing Search and Bing Maps (ugh - why is this listed as a feature anyways?)
  • WiFi connectivity (no word on 802.11n compatibility just yet)
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, no doubt with a nice fat fee attached
  • Swype
  • Skype pre-installed
  • VZ Navigator as well as an array of pre-installed LG apps (hurray for bloatware!)
  • 5 or 7 (who knows what that means) customizable home screens
  • microSD card slot with support for cards of capacities of up to 32 GB
  • a 3.2 MP autofocus camera
  • two colors - black and violet
  • a $79.99 price tag

Nothing too groundbreaking here, especially considering T-Mobile will sell you a nearly identical phone for just $29, but the folks over at XDA-developers may be able to hook the Vortex up with a few custom ROMs if nothing else.

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