Archos 9 PC Tablet getting 1.2GHz CPU update; capacitive screen & 3G in the works?

The Archos 9 PC Tablet – plagued by launch delays and partially scuppered with underperforming components – may not be the star of CeBIT 2010 this week, but according to a talkative employee from the company it's scheduled to get a refresh relatively soon.  The rep told jkkmobile that the Archos 9 will see its CPU updated to a 1.2GHz chip, bringing with it HyperThreading support, an improvement in the GPU and a faster bus speed.  Meanwhile, down the line there are apparently even bigger changes afoot.

Those changes could apparently include a switch from the Archos 9's current resistive touchscreen to a capacitive panel, together with the inclusion of 3G connectivity.  We're not sure what that might do to the Windows 7 tablet's price, but it can't be good.  Timescale for the more serious changes is roughly after the summer at some point; the CPU update is imminent, though Archos are leaving the sluggish 1.8-inch HDD in place.