Archos has just reveled the pricing of its ninth generation of tablets. The bad news is that the two Android 3.1 Honeycomb running slates are a bit more expensive than the French company estimated at launch.
Now at $300 for the 8″ Archos 80 G9 and $370 for the 10.1″ Archos 101 G9 still remain among the most affordable devices in their respective classes. What you should keep in mind, though, is that these are prices for 8GB worth of storage, whereas most competitors start at 16GB.
And the bad news doesn’t end there – the base models do not come with the promised 1.5GHz dual-core CPUs. Instead, the base options have Cortex-A9 dual-cores that go only as high as 1GHz, which made me feel cheated. Not only that but with the 101 G9, both the 8GB and 16GB versions come with the lower clock speed, so the only way to get the promised 1.5GHz CPU is to go for the 250 GB HDD variant, which costs $470.
That’s still not too bad a price, but not everyone needs that much storage on their tablets and the HDD adds to weight and thickness, so Archos is basically making you choose your priorities here, instead of giving you the best of both worlds.
At least the 80 G9 doesn’t have that problem – you can buy its 16GB version for $330 and get the faster CPU.
Archos hasn’t confirmed the price of the promised external 3G modem yet, but we are really hoping there won’t be any nasty surprises there, too.