Archos tablets are known for being cheaper, but they also tend to come with lower specs. Yet, we were impressed with both the announcement of these tablets, as well as the announcement of their prices. Archos now offers the great combination we all dream of: quality and affordability. This generation of tablets offers an array of versions, varying in size, processor and internal storage (flash and hard drive). And Archos has just announced that you can finally pre-order them on September 20.
The cheapest tablet starts at $299, and the most expensive costs $469. These tablets offer the best specs for your buck. Not only is there a tablet for every preference, but they are among the most affordable high-end tablets we’ve seen. Let’s take a look.
Archos 80 G9
- ARCHOS 80 G9 8 GB — 1 GHZ at $299
- ARCHOS 80 G9 16 GB – 1.5 GHz at $329
- ARCHOS 80 G9 250 GB — 1.5 GHz at $369
Archos 101 G9
- ARCHOS 101 G9 16 GB — 1.5 GHz at $399
- ARCHOS 101 G9 250 GB — 1.5 GHz at $469
All tablets will come with a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Android Market support (previous Archos tablets didn’t have it), a cool kick-stand, HDMI out and a 720p front-facing camera. Not bad at all! The design of the tablet is not as attractive as other tablets out there, but they’re definitely not looking bad either. The specs easily surpass most of those other devices, and at this price, there has to be at least one downside.
These tablets are WiFi-only, but are also easily upgradeable for carrier data connectivity. With a data USB slot on board, simply purchase the USB 3G data card, and the tablet goes from being a simple WiFi-only device to a fully connected 3G tablet.
Another advantage is that Archos is offering 8-inch tablets (Archos 80) as well as 10-inch ones (Archos 101). Many of our readers complain that 10-inch devices are too big and prefer something between the 7- and 10-inch form-factor. The Archos 80 tablets would be perfect for such users. Those who prefer 10-inch devices can stick to that size, as well as get the awesome price and specs Archos offers.
Get ready to pre-order your tablet on the 20th of this month, and check out the videos posted below. One of them is a commercial. The second is a hands-on from our good friends at Android Central. What do you guys think of these tablets? Who’s getting one of these? Will you pre-order it? I think I might be going for the Archos 80 G9 with 16 GB. Let us know what you think and which of these tablets would be the best for you.
Show Press Release
Starting September 20, 2011
G9 Tablets will launch with Android Honeycomb 3.2
The G9 range will be available in 20,000 stores worldwide and will feature an ultra fast dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz, Honeycomb 3.2, Android MarketTM, 1080p HD video and storage capacity up to 250GB
DENVER, CO — September 15, 2011 – ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and pioneer in the tablet market, announces the availability of its new G9 AndroidTM tablets starting on September 20, 2011. The ARCHOS G9 tablets introduced on June 23, 2011 are an unrivaled combination of speed and affordability.
With its 8’’ G9 tablet, ARCHOS will be the first to market with a dual-core, Android Honeycomb 3.2 tablet under $300 featuring an OMAP 4 processor with an ARM Cortex dual-core A9 at 1 GHz for $299. Pushing the technological boundaries even further, the ARCHOS G9 “Turbo” will be the first and only Android tablet in the market under $400 to use the OMAP 4 dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz, which gives it 50% more raw computational power over its 1 GHz competitors.
Powered by Android 3.2 ‘Honeycomb’
Androidâ„¢ 3.2 ‘Honeycomb’ is specially designed and optimized for tablets, giving a full web experience for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications. With Adobe® Flash® 10.3 support for the true web experience and with the constantly growing number of apps in Android Marketâ„¢, ARCHOS G9 tablets are your versatile tool for your connected life.
ARCHOS G9 tablets will include access to Android Market, which has more than 250,000 applications available for download. Whether you’re after games, news, tools or widgets to personalize your Honeycomb experience, there are plenty of apps to make your ARCHOS G9 tablet your own.
ARCHOS G9 tablets also come with a suite of GoogleTM mobile applications including Google Talkâ„¢ with video chat, Gmailâ„¢, Youtubeâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ with Street View and Navigation (beta) and Google Calendarâ„¢.
Flash storage or 250GB hard drive storage
To give you more space for your media and apps ARCHOS G9 tablets are available with flash storage and 250GB hard drive storage capacities. Using an intelligent caching system on the hard drive versions, your 250GB G9 will feel as fast and responsive as a flash device but gives you storage space to spare.
Wanting to give users the best of both worlds, ARCHOS paired the Seagate® Momentus® Thin hard drive with a dedicated 4GB flash caching system. This ARCHOS engineered hybrid solution offered on all ARCHOS G9 hard drive tablets is designed to limit spinning and to keep the drive powered down when not in use, which will protect it when on the go as well as preserve battery life.
Price and availability
The ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet featuring a 1 GHz dual-core processor will be on pre-sale starting September 20, 2011 on ARCHOS.com with the following recommended retail price:
- ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB — 1 GHZ at $299
Additionally, the ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB tablet will be available online and at select retailers including HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart and Electronic Express on September 30, 2011.
The ARCHOS G9 tablets running a dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz will be available in stores and online in October with the following recommended retail price:
- ARCHOS 80 G9 16GB – 1.5 GHz at $329
- ARCHOS 80 G9 250GB — 1.5 GHz at $369
- ARCHOS 101 G9 16GB — 1.5 GHz at $399
- ARCHOS 101 G9 250GB — 1.5 GHz at $469
Archos, the pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android powered Internet tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment C of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN CodeFR0000182479. Website: www.archos.com.
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