Word on the street was Archos
planned to give us a couple of new tablets
this year, but it turns out the upscale Gen 9 hardware is coming a couple months prior to the September trade show. The new Honeycomb slates are set for a June 2011 release and pack a 1.6GHz ARM A9 dual-core chip (the prospect of which should get you spec-heads drooling), up to a 250GB HDD / 32GB SSD, and a patent-pending "disruptive 3G modem" -- all for €400 (about $566). Archos' fiendish plan is to steal some of the iPad 2's
thunder with its speedy processor and competitive price, but history tells us
it'll need more than "competitive" to truly yank any marketshare
. Too bad the post-PC world
can't be bothered to care, right Steve?