UK readers have one more thing to lord over their colonial cousins. Starting today, Archos has made available the long promised Archos 80 G9 Turbo in its full 1.5 GHz glory. Positioned as relative bargains in the Android tablet space, the updated slate can be bought from the UK Archos Store for £199.98 or £239.99, in 8 GB and 16 GB models, respectively. The updated line is shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich on board, so no firmware updates when you open the box. 

As a refresher, we've been reporting on Archos G9 line for quite a while. Originally announced as the fastest Android tablets in the world, they haven't until now hit their top speeds on all models. With a TI OMAP 4460 tuned to 1.2 GHz, Archos released the first round of Turbo models in late 2011. These tablets matched the Galaxy Nexus in specs, but were still 20% below the promise. With whatever hurdles finally overcome, we're excited to explore the performance of a full speed OMAP 4460, particularly its PowerVR SGX540, which should be clocked at 384 MHz, trumping the GN's 304 MHz. Alas, this release seems to be UK and Europe only. With US pricing expected to hover around $300, we're eagerly awaiting a US release. 

Source: Archos

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  • kmmatney - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    Looks like Amazon is selling it:
  • rpmrush - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    That's the Turbo model with the 4460 clocked at 1.2Ghz. Like Jason stated, they've sold those since last year. They promised a full 1.5Ghz 4460 a long time ago and are just now releasing it..overseas : (
  • Romberry - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    No, that's not it. That's the same version with Android 3.2 and a lower clocked (1.2 Ghz) processor that's been available for a while now.
  • jontech - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    When poor coding is involved.
  • Impulses - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    Or when your code actually runs on a wide variety of devices and platforms instead of just 1 or two at most.
  • JasonInofuentes - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    No need for this type of comment.
  • Rick83 - Saturday, March 17, 2012 - link

    Supposedly there's a version with 1GB RAM soon to be launched, with ICS preloaded.

    Still don't see how you claim there being no US-availability. while an Alaskan posted about receiving his 4460 based tablet last month.
  • rpmrush - Saturday, March 17, 2012 - link

    Archos 101 G9 Turbo
    + $5 shipping
    Condition:NewProduct:1 Archos 101 G9 Turbo 10.1” Tablet, Android 3.2, Dual-Core 1.5GHz, 8GB, HDMI, microSDHC, 802.11n

    This sold out on woot today. Was listed as a 1.5Ghz OMAP 4. Not sure if they got the specs wrong tho.

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