Archos G9 Android tablets coming September 20th for $299 and up

Archos 80 G9

This summer Archos unveiled two new tablets running with speedy TI OMAP processors and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Now the company is just about ready to start selling the new Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 tablets. They go up for pre-order on September 20th for prices ranging from $299 to $469.

Here’s what you get for the money:

Archos 80 G9 

This tablet features an 8 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, a G-sensor, compass, mic, speaker, and kick-stand. There’s a 720p front-facing camera, and support for a wide range of audio and video formats including FLV, MKV, VOB, and FLAC.

For $299 you’ll be able to pick up a model with a 1 GHz dual core processor and 8GB of flash storage. $329 gets you an upgrade to 16GB of storage and a 1.5 GHz processor. It’s probably $30 well spent.

If you want to go all out, you can also get a $369 model with a 250GB hard drive and a 1.5 GHz  processor. The hard drive will likely be slower than the flash storage and take a toll on battery life, but there aren’t many Android tablets that offer this much storage.

The Archos 80 G9 measures 8.9″ x 6.1″ x 0.5″ and weighs 1.1 pounds when configured with flash storage. The hard drive model is 0.6 inches thick and weighs 1.4 pounds.

Archos 101 G9

The Archos 101 tablet will have a larger 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and comes standard with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. For $399 you’ll be able to snag a model with 16GB of flash storage. $469 gets you that big ole 250GB hard drive.

The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as those for the 8 inch model, including the kick-stand, sensors, and camera.

This model measures 10.9″ x 6.6.” x 0.5″ and weighs about 1.5 pounds with flash storage. The hard drive model is 0.6 inches thick and weighs 1.7 pounds.

When Archos first introduced these new tablets earlier this summer one of the company’s key selling points was the price. At the time there weren’t many other Android tablets available for under $400. A few months later, the $299 to $469 suggested retail prices are actually a bit on the high side. Lenovo, ViewSonic, and Acer are all offering inexpensive tablets, competing with Archos on its home turf, while Archos (which has long been known as a budget device maker) is starting to enter high-end tablet territory.

via Gizmodo

  • Nards Barley

    Charbax had listed a 8GB 1Ghz dual core,  $369, in a  10.1 model a week or two back. Maybe they have changed their minds.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe they just decided not to sell the 8GB version of the 101 in the States…  Otherwise the prices match up to what Charbax had posted for the other variants.

  • Nards Barley

    While it may be the fastest tablet, and the 3G add-on is nice, I suspect the price still won’t have these models flying off the shelves.

    • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

      Archos devices have been flying off shelves constantly for the past 2 years, these will fly off even faster. Simply because those are the better value for consumers money.

      • Anonymous

        A bit of a exaggeration.  The 8th gen sold well but even with supply problems that plagued its release most people were able to get their orders.

        However, we’re in a much slower economy right now.  There are cheaper alternatives, and the 9th Gen isn’t offering the range of choices that the 8th Gen offered.

        Not to mention we should be seeing Tegra 3 systems come out before the end of the year and other companies will be pricing more competitively than they have been so far.

        Besides, success can never be guaranteed!  Plenty of great products have failed by just coming out at the wrong time.

  • Bob

    Not mentioned in the blog post is that the base models will have 1.0GHz SoC, 8GB storage, and 512MB RAM. The intermediate models of both the 80 and 101 have 1.5GHz SoC, 16GB, and probably 1GB RAM for $30 more.

    So I’m wondering why the heck would anybody who knows anything about specs would be the base model for such a trivial price difference.

    My second question is that these will be hitting stores in the Oct/Nov time frame, same time frame as the reported (by Google’s Schmidt) release of ICS. What’s Archos’ upgrade policy to ICS, keeping in mind that the G9s sounds heavily customized to allow for the hybrid storage and the custom media player.

    • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

      10% price difference

    • Anonymous

      1GHz for the 8GB was mentioned, just not the RAM difference.  And yes, the higher spec models come with 1GB of RAM and the 8GB with only 512MB.

      Though as far as ARM devices go, the 8GB model is still a good performer for the price as you still get dual core and double the RAM of the previous 8th Gen Archos tablets.

      I’m just disappointed they didn’t update the smaller 8th Gen tablets as well.  But as you say, the small price difference makes the low end offering not as appealing as they could have been.

      Judging from their previous tablets, I wouldn’t expect an update to ICS anytime soon.  Archos tends to be pretty slow with updates and they’re also against rooting and will make it harder to root their products with each update.