Archos has announced an upgraded version of its G9 101 Android tablet that can take advantage of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the tablet operating system. Also known as Android 4.0, the OS adds video hardware acceleration.

The Archos G9 is a cheaper-than-most 10in tablet with 8GB of onboard memory, expandable via microSD card. A 250GB hard disk version is also available. In line with its portable entertainment device heritage, Archos’ take on tablets is to design them primarily for audio and video entertainment.

The screen resolution is a decent 1280x440 pixels, there’s an HDMI port and the G9 runs off a 1GHz Texas Instruments Omap4 processor. There’s a recessed slot on its underside to house a 3G dongle (£50 extra). A microphone, plus a large speaker on the rear, plus a spindly but not unwelcome kickstand all feature. The Ice Cream Sandwich version, with a ramped-up 1.5GHz processor, is set for an early 2012 launch.

The Archos G9 101 costs from £269 inc VAT. For more details see

Archos 101 G9 Android tablet