We already knew that today was the day for an ARCHOS announcement. What we didn’t know for sure was what exactly the company had up its sleeve. I figured it would be an Android-powered MID with voice capabilities, but a quick peek at the company’s web site tells me how wrong I was. Meet the ARCHOS 9pctablet that runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 (s MSFT) on an Intel Atom Z515. The slate PC with 9-inch resistive touchscreen weighs in at 800 grams and is 0.63 inches thin. ARCHOS crammed in an 80GB hard drive, Bluetooth, and two antennae for DVB-T broadcasts. I’m assuming there’s Wi-Fi in there as well, although there’s no mention of that on the product page.
Although time has proven that slate Tablet PCs are a tough sell, this device is poised to take advantage of the new touch features in Windows 7. More to follow on this device as details become available.