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Archos G9 tablets with Android 4.0 (hands-on video)

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Archos' G9 tablets don't have Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but

Archos 101 G9
Archos 101 G9

Archos' 101 G9 and 80 G9 tablets don't have Ice Cream Sandwich just yet (and won't really qualify as high-end tablets even when they do), but they're scheduled to be updated in the first week of February, and we got to take a look at one of the tablets running the new operating system. When it arrives, Android 4.0 will be virtually unmolested on the G9 tablets — the music and video apps are customized a bit, and there are a couple of developer options left in the menus, but for the most part it's straight Ice Cream Sandwich. The version we used on the tablet was a very early one, running Android 4.0.1 instead of the 4.0.3 that will ship in February, but it's still a taste of what 4.0 will look like. Which, frankly, is a lot like Honeycomb, just with a few tweaks (and hopefully some big performance improvements). Still, at $229 for the 8-inch 80 G9 and $299 for the 10.1-inch 101 G9, it's one of the best ways to get Ice Cream Sandwich right now — though that's not saying much just yet.

TC Sottek contributed to this story.