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Battle of the sub-9-inch tablets: Archos 80 G9 vs. LG Optimus Pad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 fight [TABLE]

The newly announced Archos ninth generation tablets made quite a significant impact on the Android world. For one the smaller of them immediately heated up the sub-9-incher battle as it offers an impressive specs sheet at a really attractive price point. To make it easier for you to make up your mind we are putting what we consider to be the three best slates “sweet spot” sales out there and see what’s what.

So we pitted the freshly announced 8-inch Archos 80 G9 against the 3D-shooting 8.9-inch LG Optimus Pad and the slim Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Archos 80 G9 has some interesting tricks up its sleeve like a 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and an optional 250GB HDD. The LG Optimus Pad on the other hand can shoot 3D videos and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 boasts seriously good looks and a gorgeous screen.

Okay, enough blabbing about, let the tablets’ specs do the talking.

 
Archos 80G9
LG
Optimus Pad
Samsung
Galaxy Tab 8.9
Flash version HDD version
OS
Android Honeycomb
Android Honeycomb
Android Honeycomb
Display
8-inch
LCD
8.9-inch LCD
8.9-inch
PLS LCD
Resolution
1024 x 768
1280 x 768
1280 x 800
Height
Width
Thickness

226mm
155.3mm
11.7mm
226mm
155.3mm
14.7mm
243.8mm
150mm
12.7mm
230.9mm
157.8mm
8.6mm
Weight
465 grams
599 grams
621 grams
470 grams
Processor
1.5 GHz dual-core
Cortex-A9 OMAP4
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
Storage
16GB
250GB
32GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
microSD
Yes
No
No
No
Front camera
0.7 MP
720p video
2.0MP
2.0MP
Rear camera
No
Dual 5 MP, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
1080p 2D & 720p 3D
video recording
3.0MP Auto-Focus with LED Flash (720p)
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
USB
Native USB 2.0
microUSB (USB 2.0 via adapter)
microUSB (USB 2.0 via adapter)
HDMI
miniHDMI
microHDMI
microHDMI
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR
2.1 + EDR
3.0
Battery
???
6400 mAh
6000 mAh
Price
$279
( Wi-Fi Only)
$328
(Wi-Fi + 3G stick)
$???
$550 (32GB Wi-Fi + 3G)
$469 (16GB)
$569 (32GB)
Availability
September
Currently available
Summer 2011
Sensors
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Kick stand
Yes
No
No
Video codecs
MP4 / DivX / Xvid / H.264 / H.263 / MKV / WMV 9 / MPEG2
MP4 / H.264 / H.263 / WMV
MP4 / DivX / Xvid / H.264 / H.263

The Archos 80 G9 battery capacity remains a mystery, but it’s sure as a bright day that with the overclocked 1.5GHz Tegra 2 chip it won’t last as long as competitors with regular CPU clocks. Then again it might use its smaller screen to its advantage and somehow find a balance. We’ll update this table as soon as we get more information on the matter.

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