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:
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.
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.