Archos dropped a tablet bomb. Two actually as the new G9 Android tablets – the 80 G9 and 101 G9 – put Android 3.1 and 1.5GHz dual-core processors in the same package. Better yet, they will go for peanuts when they come out later this year.
Oh, and they come with a full-sized USB port and there’s an option for a 250GB HDD (there are flash memory versions too). Interested? Wait till you hear the price.
As the names suggest, the 80 G9 has an 8″ screen while the 101 G9 has a 10.1″ screen. The 80 G9 screen has 1024 x 768 pixels resolution (4:3 aspect) and the 101 G9 display has a 16:10 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.
Both will come out with Android 3.1 Honeycomb and are powered by the beefiest mobile CPUs yet – a dual-core TI OMAP chipset with Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.5GHz. The only question right now is the amount of RAM available.
Archos 101 G9
The flash memory version of the Archos 80 G9 tablet (16GB internal + microSD slot) measures 226 mm x 155.3 mm x 11.7 mm and weighs 465g, while the 250GB HDD version is 14.7mm thick and weighs 599g. The flash memory version of the Archos 101 G9 (again, 16GB + microSD slot) is 276 mm x 167.3 mm x 12.6 mm big, weighing 649g, while the 250 GB HDD option pushes the thickness to 15.6mm and the weight to 755g.
Anyway, with either of these tablets you get Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, front-facing camera capable of 720p video, extensive video format support (AVI, MKV, etc.), full-size USB port to which you can connect a 3G stick (sold separately, $49) and a miniHDMI port.
Archos 80 G9
The Archos 80 9G and 101 9G will be shown of during this year’s IFA (which is this September) and will be available at the end of September. The 80 9G model will be priced at $279, while the Archos 101 9G will go for $349.
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