Archos seems ready to introduce a new follow-up to last year’s Archos 80 G9. The 8-inch G9 only begun shipping last year, and featured a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor and a screen with a 1024 x 768-pixel resolution.
Now, what appears to be a follow-up tablet has made a visit to the website of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The tablet is called the Archos 80 Cobalt. Appearance-wise, it is very similar with last year’s Archos 80 G9. One notable difference, however, is that it carries the label Arnova on its rear, at least in the photograph at the FCC website. This suggests that it will be part of the company’s Arnova line of budget-friendly tablets.
On the other hand, it is also possible that the Archos 80 Cobalt could be part of a new line of mid-range tablets, called Elements, which Archos revealed in a recent press conference. This would be a likely situation, given that the name of the product, Cobalt, is the name of an element in the Mendeleev periodic table of elements. Of course, Cobalt is also a color, a cool kind of blue, with which the slate’s chassis might be painted.
The FCC website doesn’t reveal much information about the Archos 80 Cobalt, and neither does the company itself. Judging from its name, however, it will likely be an 8-inch tablet like the Archos 80 G9, which will help it stand out from the many 7-inch tablets congesting the tablet market today. It will also probably have the same aspect ratio and resolution as the Archos 80 G9, which is 1024 x 768 pixels. The FCC website definitely discloses that it will have 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and possibly no other connectivity options.
To keep it at par, however, with the many other available tablets today, it should have hardware improvements such as a processor running at the speed of 1.5 GHz. Google platform Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would also be a welcome addition.