Archos 101 G9

Archos has been cranking out Android tablets since the days when Asus, HP, Lenovo, and MSI thought Windows 7 tablets with Intel Atom chips were a good idea. But while 2011 has become the year of big-name PC makers entering the Android tablet space, Archos has been happy to produce budget tablets for much lower prices for the last few years.

So when the company introduced the Archos 80 and Archos 101 G9 tablets earlier this year and promised starting prices under $300, the news generated a little excitement. These tablets look like premium products, with processors as fast as 1.5 GHz, high resolution displays, and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb software.

Unfortunately it looks like Archos may have run into a few road bumps along the way. The Archos 80 launched last month for $300, but it’s only available with a 1 GHz processor for now. And now the Archos 101 G9 tablet is also available for purchase — but it also has a 1 GHz processor and a heftier-than-hoped-for $370 price tag.

Archos eventually plans to offer versions of the tablets with 1.2 GHz later this month, but the 1.5 Ghz versions won’t be available until next year.

At $379, the Archos 101 G9 isn’t much cheaper than the Acer Iconia Tab A500, or Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Both of those 10 inch tablets sell for about $400 or less. You can also find a number of smaller tablets from ViewSonic, Lenovo, and Acer that sell for $200 to $330.

Still, the Archos 101 G9 is probably the most powerful tablet Archos has released to date. It has a 1 GHz TI OMAP4 dual core processor, a 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive multitouch display, 8GB of storage, HDMI output, a front-facing 720p camera, and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb software. It’s also one of the first Archos tablets to ship with the official Android Market and Google app suite including Google Maps and Gmail.

via Engadget

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9 replies on “Archos 101 G9 tablet flirts with premium tablet territory at $370”

  1. 1.2Ghz is available this October, and 1.5Ghz is available in December. The prices have always been meant to be what they are give or take $20 as the 80 G9 was originally announced as a $279 tablet. But since then, the economy has gone down further, it’s normal for things to get 4% more expensive in 4 months since the announcement.

  2.  At those prices I’d rather buy a Samsung tablet than suffer the many bugs Archos tablets have. Plus some app devs flat out tell me they don’t officially support Archos tablets. Geez it’s that bad.

    1. Samsung uses a 10 months old processor technology, the Archos G9 OMAP4 processor has 3x faster memory bandwidth which makes a huge difference. All Android apps work on these Archos, and a few 3D games previously only cmopatible Tegra2 will also soon work as OMAP4 uses the Imagination graphics accelerator and Archos is not the only one to plan using that in tablets, also OMAp4 is rumored to be the reference processor for Ice Cream Sandwich and rumored to be in the Nexus Prime.

      1. all on the papers .. nothing really in practical .. my advice,add a few dollars and  get a decent tablet from a respected brand .. you get regular updates and peace of mind for free .. 

        1. Yea, get your peace of mind knowing that you bought something that is already outdated before you even pay for it. Archos provides more firmware updates than any of the Tegra2 tablet makers around.

          1. Too bad in Archos’ case specs are overshadowed by never ending bugs. Also, all apps do not work. As with Abjit, I encountered so many app issues with my G8. I guess by work you mean they open.

          2. By the time Archos fixes enough of the bugs to make the G9 release worthy those specs will be outdated, haha.

  3. Actually, Archos has been cranking out Android tablets since 2009, back when the Archos 5 Internet Tablet ran Android 1.5 and Windows 7 hadn’t hit general retail availability.

    If nothing else, the company has shown a strong commitment to Android tablets. And, if my year and a half old Archos 5IT is any indication, their products are well designed and well made, although many (like the Arnova series, NOT the G9 series) are designed for the low end.

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