Archos Gen9 tablets now available with 1.5 GHz chips

Archos has updated its Gen9 tablets with new, faster processors. The Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9 now come with a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4 dual core processor.

Archos 101 G9

When Archos first launched these tablets last year they features 1 GHz OMAP 4 chips and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Since then the company has released an Android 4.0 software update, and 1.2 GHz versions.

The new 1.5 GHz tablets replace those earlier models, while prices still start at $269 for the Archos 80 tablet with an 8 inch display and $330 for the 10 inch Archos 101 G9.

The 8 inch model has a 1024 x 768 pixel display and is available with 8GB of storage. A 250GB hard drive option is expected soon.

Archos already offers the 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel Archos 101 G9 with a choice of 8GB of flash storage or a 250GB hard drive.

These are two of the only Android tablets available with hard drives instead of flash storage. While hard drives use more electricity and are easier to break, they’re also a lot cheaper than flash storage, which is why Archos can offer 250GB of disk space when most tablets have 64GB or less.