Jun 23 AT 1:15 PM Alberto Vildosola 37 Comments

ARCHOS announces fastest, cheapest Honeycomb tablets yet: the 80 G9 and 101 G9

When you think of Archos, “fastest” is not the first word that pops up into your mind. “Cheapest,” “Gingerbread,” “Froyo” maybe, but not fastest. Well, that changes today. The company just announced a pair of tablets that blow anything else currently available out of the water.

The first one is the ARCHOS 80 G9, and it has a 8-inch screen with a 1024 x 768 resolution. The second one, the ARCHOS 101 G9 has a (you guessed it) 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution. And that’s where the differences between these two tablets stop. Everything else about them is equal, except the price of course. Both of them have:

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core CORTEX A9 OMAP4
  • 16 GB of internal memory, or a 250 GB Seagate HDD
  • 720p front-facing camera
  • HDMI output
  • Kick-stand

We don’t know how much RAM each tablet has, but we’re guessing it’s somewhere between 512 MB and 1 GB. Also, there’s no mention of a rear-facing camera anywhere, so chances are you won’t be using these tablets as a camera anytime soon.

But who cares about a camera when you have 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU inside these monsters? These chips by Texas Instruments are supposedly 50% more powerful than NVIDIA’s Tegra 2. ARCHOS says TI’s OMAP4 CPUs reduce web page load times by “up to 50% over tablets running the Nvidia Tegra 2.” That’s a pretty huge improvement, and we can’t wait to see for ourselves if it’s true. (Wink, wink, ARCHOS).

But the CPU isn’t the most amazing thing about these tablets; it’s the hard-to-believe price. ARCHOS will be selling the 80 G9 for just $279, and the 101 G9 will go for $349. That’s mind-blowing. Forget the Motorola Xoom and its $599 price tag, for just 280 bucks you could be the proud owner of the fastest Honeycomb tablet available.

Both the 80 G9 and the 101 G9 are WiFi-only devices, but ARCHOS will gladly sell you a ARCHOS G9 3G Stick you can connect to your tablet for 3G data connection for $49. The company will offer a Pay-As-You-Go Plan, but there’s no details about pricing yet. ARCHOS said this is better than “other tablets where 3G modules add over $100 to the cost and there’s no option to add it later.” Seeing how the Motorola Xoom 3G model is $200 more expensive than the WiFi-only model, we have to agree with ARCHOS on this one.

Although we wish we could get our hands on both these tablets right now, we’ll have to wait until September for ARCHOS to release them. But what about you guys? Do these tablets change your opinion about ARCHOS or not? Will you be getting one once they’re available? We’re having a hard time saying no.

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ARCHOS Unveils Fastest Tablets with G9 Tablet Range

The G9 range features the industry’s fastest dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, the largest storage capacity with a Seagate 250GB Hard Drive, Honeycomb 3.1, Android MarketTM, 1080p HD video and 3G capability

DENVER, CO — June 23, 2011 – Today, ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and pioneer in the tablet market, introduces an unrivaled combination of speed and storage with its latest tablets featuring an OMAP 4 processor with an ARM® Cortexâ„¢ dual-core A9 running at 1.5 GHz and Seagate’s 250GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity.

The 8″ ARCHOS 80 G9 and 10″ ARCHOS 101 G9 are powered by AndroidTM 3.1 “Honeycomb,”* the latest Android version. ARCHOS G9 tablets come with Google’s full suite of mobile applications and Android MarketTM, giving users access to over 200,000 applications such as games, books, social media and news. With the latest version of Honeycomb, G9 tablets also offer a full web experience complete with Adobe® Flash® support for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications.

Additionally, the G9 tablets feature a unique 3G ready solution where customers no longer need to choose between WiFi and 3G models at purchase. ARCHOS 3G Stick is a standard 3G stick for laptops which has been designed to be compatible with all ARCHOS G9 tablets. All G9 tablets come with a concealed USB port on the back of the device that when paired with the ARCHOS 3G USB Stick will enable 3G connectivity.

The G9 tablet range continues to push technological boundaries and features the following innovations.

Fastest Tablet Experience Ever
ARCHOS have decided to push their G9 tablets even further by loading them out with a 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor from Texas Instrumentsâ„¢. With 50% more raw computational power, ARCHOS G9 tablets have the power needed for a great Android experience.

For example, with the 1.5 GHz OMAP 4 processor the ARCHOS G9 tablet enhance a user’s web browsing experience with page load time reduced by up to 50% over tablets running the Nvidia Tegra 2TM processor at 1 GHz.

All your HD multimedia in your hands or on TV
With the best multimedia experience, ARCHOS G9 tablets are the only tablets able to decode 1080p H264 High Profile videos whilst current standard tablets are not even able to play 720p H264 High Profile smoothly.

ARCHOS have replaced the standard multimedia apps with ARCHOS boosted apps for video and music to give to users more format compatibility and a unique user interface.

With film and TV series metadata automatically downloaded, even video files are automatically organized by title, actor, director, year, season and episode, ARCHOS have redefined the tablet device category by providing consumers more ways to experience HD entertainment.

ARCHOS G9 tablets also feature an HDMI output, giving users full access to their Android experience on TV including movies in 1080p resolution.

WiFi or 3G, no need to choose, it’s up to you whenever you want
This patented solution lets the consumer add a standard PC 3G stick to his tablet whenever and wherever. The ARCHOS G9 3G Stick has been specially designed to fit perfectly into the back of any G9 tablet. Just remove the cover and slide in the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick to unleash the full portability of your ARCHOS G9 tablet.

With this innovative USB 3G stick, consumers will no longer have to choose between a WiFi and a 3G tablet at purchase. For just a $49 upgrade, the users can purchase the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick and start enjoying 3G connectivity on his ARCHOS tablet or PCs compared to other tablets where 3G modules add over $100 to the cost and there’s no option to add it later.

This cutting edge 3G stick offers one 3G solution for both a tablet and a laptop and uses just one data plan1. Offered as a Pay-As-You-Go Plan, there is no subscription required and the consumer need only pay for what they need when they need it.

Top performance, best value
While the competitors’ tablets are priced starting at $499, ARCHOS is offering an 8” tablet starting at $279 and 10.1” tablet starting $349.

ARCHOS is offering cutting-edge performance such as a more powerful and faster processor, unique 3G solution, enhanced multimedia experience and more storage capacity with the built-in 250GB HDD from Seagate.

ARCHOS are the first in the industry to offer a tablet with a hard drive, bringing 8 times more storage at the same cost of a standard 32GB tablet.

ARCHOS are also the first to offer such high performance at such affordable price, making ARCHOS G9 tablets the best cost-performance value.

The ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be shown beginning of September at IFA.

Two tablets to fit your lifestyle: ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9
The ARCHOS 80 G9 is the portable tablet with perfect size for web browsing, ebook and newspaper reading with its 8″ 4:3 screen and a resolution of 1024 x 768.

The ARCHOS 101 G9 is the perfect entertainment tablet to share the Android Honeycomb experience. With 250GB of storage space, users will be able to carry over 50 hours of full 1080p HD to watch on their 10.1″ wide 1280 x 800 16:10 screen.

Via: Reuters

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  • http://Website Darkseider

    After Archos leaving me somewhat disappointed with the Gen8 A101 I will adopt a “wait and see” approach with this one. There are 2 models of each model. The 250 Gig flavor and one with 16 Gig Internal Flash + MicroSD slot. Thing that isn’t specified on their site is the amount of RAM these systems have and how much app storage will be available on the 250 Gig model.

    • http://Website Georges

      Different users, different reviews : I’m really happy with my G8 101: using it every day, I can say how fast it is, how the battery has a huge capacity, how the screen is readable even outside under the sun, etc. etc. etc.
      I would have bought the G9, if my G8 wasn’t only 6 month old (yes, 6 month, I bought one of the first to be released)

  • http://Website HolySmokesBatty

    I know I’ll be pre-ordering one of these as soon as possible.

    Now the only question is… more portability, or monster screen…?

    Decisions, decisions…

  • http://Website Jayday

    Archos is such a strange company, they always come out with things that try to differentiate them from the rest while being cheap. Usually just to fall on their faces. I truly hope in this case it’s for the better.

    I do have my doubts though with these being TI powered. Android 3.2 has only just recently come about with apparently support for snapdragon do I certainly hope the power of these won’t go to waare due to poor optimisation.

  • http://twitter.com/goncalossilva Gonçalo Silva

    What about its weight? All that stuff must be heavy…

    • Alberto Vildosola

      ARCHOS 80 G9 Flash series: 226 mm x 155.3 mm x 11.7 mm (8.90 x 6.11 x 0.46 inch) – 465g (17 oz)
      - ARCHOS 80 G9 Hard Drive series: 226 mm x 155.3 mm x 14.7 mm (8.90 x 6.11 x 0.58 inch) – 599g (21.9 oz)

      - ARCHOS 101 G9 Flash series: 276 mm x 167.3 mm x 12.6 mm (10.86 x 6.59 x 0.50 inch) – 649g (23.8 oz)
      - ARCHOS 101 G9 Hard Drive series: 276 mm x 167.3 mm x 15.6 mm (10.86 x 6.59 x 0.61 inch) – 755g (27.7 oz)

    • http://Website dumbledore

      I don’t know why weight is such an issue.. even after holding the ipad2 long enough in one hand, it makes your arm tired. Thats why the ipad has a stand/cover. At least this one has a built in stand.

  • http://Website Rich

    Very happy to see an 8 inch tablet, however won’t this really need 3.2 (that deals with different, smaller screen sizes better)?

    • WickedToby741

      This also has a non-Tegra 2 processor, so my guess is that its really 3.2 and they just printed it wrong. Of course, it could really be 3.1.

      • Droidwolf

        Its 3.2

  • http://necropolislabs.com Terrormaster

    Other than the HDD (which would be nice if it were accessible via a rear panel to upgrade or repair) I think the biggest innovation is the 3G dongle. I’ve been screaming tablet makers should be doing this exact thing ever since Apple announce the iPad in 3G and WiFi flavors – not only raping ya for almost 2 Benjamins more in cost difference but making your only upgrade to 3G path that of going out and buying an entirely new device. HUGE kudos to Archos for taking the lead on that. We can only hope MORE tablet manufacturers follow suit. We should be able to buy tablets from wherever we see fit independent of carriers. Then be able to switch or choose a carrier later by only buying the dongles.

  • htowngtr

    Yea but what about the screens? Are they crappy LCD sans IPS? Is it plastic screen or glass?

  • HipHopIsLyfe37

    This looks like a really sweet tablet, can’t wait to see the reviews considering I already purchased an Asus Transformer

  • http://Website sherifffruitfly

    hah I had an archos waaaaaaay back in the old days – an mp3 player with a little black n white LED screen. People hacked it and made a “rockbox” OS version for it, and it was hilariousawesome. Glad to see they’re still kicking!

  • http://Website JULEZ456

    No camera on the back?! What would be pretty dope is if Archos comes out with some sort of removable camera/camcorder to also go in place where the 3G stick goes. Doing that would definitely make me purchase this tablet. Right now I have a Xoom so I’ll hold off to find out more info/specs on these tablets.

    • http://Website John K

      Not a terrible idea. I’ll be honest though, I’m happy they ditched the rear facing camera. I have a perfect good digital camera and an Android phone with a pretty decent camera as well. I can’t imagine wanting to take pictures with my tablet as well. Good cost saving measure.

  • http://Website LeBlow James, basketball choker

    Another proof that android is for the piss poor users!

    • http://Website JULEZ456

      Let me guess..your the one that took a bite out of the Apple logo because you thought it was Steve Job’s nut sack?!

    • WickedToby741

      Or people that enjoy technologies like 4G LTE, WiMax, dual core and eventually quad core processors, and other things like actually having freedom with a device you own? Of course, you iOS owners do get the experience of owning something “magical”, so you’ve got that going for you.

  • http://Website Joshua Pangelinan

    For me, the real deciding factor is whether these devices will have access to the Android Market. Sure the Amazon App Store is a great alternative, and Archos offers one as well, but most of my purchases currently are on the official Market. Trying to replace the apps I currently have would be a major monetary burden and, ultimately, a deal breaker on this tablet.

  • cobaltleo

    been wanting to try an archos product for years. looks like ill finally get my chance with this new 8″ tablet. would work out nicley with a new car stereo replacement project i been thinking about.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com Dave

    I’m cheap… .idc. But, I ain’t stupid. Let me look for some reviews or something of this. If it’s average-great, I think we have a deal here.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com Dave

    Oh… they said September. Dang..

  • http://Website Ra

    I am definitely getting one (+)3G dongle and (-)rear camera – both solid moves! at that price it’s a dream come true!

  • microbe

    They also announced an Android home phone, which I think is a great idea:

  • http://Website Bob
  • http://Website Joe

    First impression upon reading this article… nice but would I replace my Viewsonic G-Tablet?
    Be nice if it had GPS and WiFi
    What more does it offer? I had an Archos 101 that just plain quick working one day and sent it back and got the VS G-Tab from Sears… I really like it.
    But then, I went to this site and I HAVE MY VISA CARD OUT AND READY!!!

    Where is the line I need to stand in for one of these honeys?

    IT HAS EVERYTHING I WANT, including:
    Communication protocols
    - WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
    - Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
    - Built-in GPS
    - Built-in speakers
    - G-sensor
    - Vibrator
    - Compass
    - Built-in kick stand
    - Built-in Microphone

  • http://Website awesome3

    A hardrive in a tablet? I just cant picture this not being solid state. I worry enough as it is having a spinning hard drive in my laptop let alone a tablet that I would always be on the go with.

  • http://twitter.com/kryzop fabien humbert

    This tab coulfe move lateadopters away from the sacro-saint ipad2.
    I bought an early advent Vega for 229 £ which is after few tweaks running vegacomb (honeycomb based os thanks to http://modaco.com).
    The archos will do the same for late adopters and that straight out of the box.

    Can’t wait to test one.

    Any ideas if bootloader will be unlocked?


  • AndMac

    The real question is what will be the real-world battery time.

    Also, I wish someone would come up with a 12″ tablet. 10″ is too small for PDFs and for magazines.

    The 16×9 format sucks to web browsing and reading stuff. Apple has the right idea with the wider ratio screen on its iPads.

  • http://www.digitalmagazinedeals.com Digital Magazines

    Looks great, but if we have to wait until September for it to be released. chances are something equally as good or better will have been announced by one of the other big players, although maybe not as cheap.
    I know it’s a long process getting a new product to market but I’m not a fan of hearing about something great like this (that I would happily go buy today if I could) and then having to wait months before I can actaully get one. Call me impatient but I want one now

  • http://Website chinedu

    pls anyone know if the 3G stick works with Archos 101 Gen 8 ?

  • http://Website Fabian

    Found something about the RAM:

    RAM+type: LPDDR2 SDRAM
    RAM-capacity: 1024 MiB

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