When it comes to Android tablets, we've become accustomed to seeing near-identical specs for each one: 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16/32GB of storage. While those specs are still pretty awesome, Archos is looking to change the game completely with its newly announced 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets. If you haven't already guessed, the biggest difference between the two tabs is the screen size, with the former offering 8 inches at 1024x768, and the latter with the more common 10.1-inch 1280x800 display.


That's about the only typical spec you'll find on this dynamic duo, though, as they're packing some real horsepower under the hood. Both are powered by a monstrous TI 1.5GHz dual-core processor, with a huge 250GB Seagate Momentus Thin hard drive for all of your storage needs. It's hard to say what a traditional hard drive will do to battery life, but if storage space is what you're looking for, these tablets can't be beat. Both units also include a full-size USB port, an HDMI-out port capable of streaming 1080p content, and Honeycomb 3.1.

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One thing that the G9 series is missing is built-in 3G connectivity. No worries, though - Archos is also offering a G9 3G dongle for $49 with a pay-as-you-go plan for those times when Wi-Fi just isn't available.

All these features sound great... but at what price, you ask? The 80 G9 will set you back $279, with the 101 G9 coming in at a mere $70 more for $349. Both tablets are expected to arrive at the end of September, so you can be feelin' so fly like a G9 (I couldn't resist).

Not bad, Archos. Not bad at all.

ARCHOS Unveils Fastest Tablets with G9 Tablet Range

The G9 range features the industry’s fastest dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, the largest storage capacity with a Seagate 250GB Hard Drive, Honeycomb 3.1, Android MarketTM, 1080p HD video and 3G capability

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, ARCHOS, an award-winning technology innovator and pioneer in the tablet market, introduces an unrivaled combination of speed and storage with its latest tablets featuring an OMAP 4 processor with an ARM® Cortex™ dual-core A9 running at 1.5 GHz and Seagate's 250GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity.

The 8” ARCHOS 80 G9 and 10” ARCHOS 101 G9 are powered by AndroidTM 3.1 “Honeycomb,’’* the latest Android version. ARCHOS G9 tablets come with Google’s full suite of mobile applications and Android MarketTM, giving users access to over 200,000 applications such as games, books, social media and news. With the latest version of Honeycomb, G9 tablets also offer a full web experience complete with Adobe® Flash® support for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications.

Additionally, the G9 tablets feature a unique 3G ready solution where customers no longer need to choose between WiFi and 3G models at purchase. ARCHOS 3G Stick is a standard 3G stick for laptops which has been designed to be compatible with all ARCHOS G9 tablets. All G9 tablets come with a concealed USB port on the back of the device that when paired with the ARCHOS 3G USB Stick will enable 3G connectivity.

The G9 tablet range continues to push technological boundaries and features the following innovations.

Fastest Tablet Experience Ever

ARCHOS have decided to push their G9 tablets even further by loading them out with a 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor from Texas InstrumentsTM. With 50% more raw computational power, ARCHOS G9 tablets have the power needed for a great Android experience.

For example, with the 1.5 GHz OMAP 4 processor the ARCHOS G9 tablet enhance a user’s web browsing experience with page load time reduced by up to 50% over tablets running the Nvidia Tegra 2TM processor at 1 GHz.

All your HD multimedia in your hands or on TV

With the best multimedia experience, ARCHOS G9 tablets are the only tablets able to decode 1080p H264 High Profile videos whilst current standard tablets are not even able to play 720p H264 High Profile smoothly.

ARCHOS have replaced the standard multimedia apps with ARCHOS boosted apps for video and music to give to users more format compatibility and a unique user interface.

With film and TV series metadata automatically downloaded, even video files are automatically organized by title, actor, director, year, season and episode, ARCHOS have redefined the tablet device category by providing consumers more ways to experience HD entertainment.

ARCHOS G9 tablets also feature an HDMI output, giving users full access to their Android experience on TV including movies in 1080p resolution.

WiFi or 3G, no need to choose, it’s up to you whenever you want

This patented solution lets the consumer add a standard PC 3G stick to his tablet whenever and wherever. The ARCHOS G9 3G Stick has been specially designed to fit perfectly into the back of any G9 tablet. Just remove the cover and slide in the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick to unleash the full portability of your ARCHOS G9 tablet.

With this innovative USB 3G stick, consumers will no longer have to choose between a WiFi and a 3G tablet at purchase. For just a $49 upgrade, the users can purchase the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick and start enjoying 3G connectivity on his ARCHOS tablet or PCs compared to other tablets where 3G modules add over $100 to the cost and there’s no option to add it later.

This cutting-edge 3G stick offers one 3G solution for both a tablet and a laptop and uses just one data plan1. Offered as a Pay-As-You-Go Plan, there is no subscription required and the consumer need only pay for what they need when they need it.

Top performance, best value

While the competitors’ tablets are priced starting at $499, ARCHOS is offering an 8’’ tablet starting at $279 and 10.1’’ tablet starting $349.

ARCHOS is offering cutting-edge performance such as a more powerful and faster processor, unique 3G solution, enhanced multimedia experience and more storage capacity with the built-in 250GB HDD from Seagate.

ARCHOS are the first in the industry to offer a tablet with a hard drive, bringing 8 times more storage at the same cost of a standard 32GB tablet.

ARCHOS are also the first to offer such high performance at such affordable price, making ARCHOS G9 tablets the best cost-performance value.

The ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be shown beginning of September at IFA.

Two tablets to fit your lifestyle: ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9

The ARCHOS 80 G9 is the portable tablet with perfect size for web browsing, ebook and newspaper reading with its 8” 4:3 screen and a resolution of 1024 x 768.

The ARCHOS 101 G9 is the perfect entertainment tablet to share the Android Honeycomb experience. With 250GB of storage space, users will be able to carry over 50 hours of full 1080p HD to watch on their 10.1” wide 1280 x 800 16:10 screen.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Tu Tu

    The video shows "wide viewing angle" (@ 44 seconds), is the screen glass or plastic? I had an A70 but just couldn't handle the physical quality of the screen (being plastic). There really is nothing like a glass screen, and the viewing quality/experience you get from it (ie: Nook, iPad, etc.). The only thing going for the plastic screen is its value in being lightweight (while probably also cheaper for the manufacturer). I'd rather have a better screen/better visual experience than a lighter device.

    EDIT: Does anyone really think it will be out in Sep?!?!?! Look at the delays the A70 & A101 had last year.
    EDIT2: And I hope they improved on the HDMI port in this generation, bec. it really stunk with the A70.

  • Duderino

    If it supports netflix I'm sold

    • tarusdg

      just download "TV Shows Stream" and "Movies Stream"


    Archos is about to Crush the game(xoom,touchpad, and playbook)
    I see only the ipad and the samsung tab selling more than these tablets

  • sam

    I wonder why they did not mention RAM? I hope it's the standard 1GB

  • http://foreveralone-blog.blogspot.com kioshi

    It's weird, tablets are machines we move around almost as much as smartphones, it doesn't stand still like a notebook. Trade that 250gb HDD for a 32/64 flash with SD support and Archos would have a total winner.

    • cosmic


      You can get a 32gb flash storage for the same price.

    • ate_bit80

      the 250gb drive is perfect, if only a 320gb was available. I plan on using an Archos 80 in my car to replace my headunit. wanted to rig up a car pc but its a lot more wiring and not as cost effective, plus its stationary. tablets is easier, and better suited, but suffered in the storage dept, this tablet makes up for it. I can even connect another hdd through the usb port. only question now is how much ram and screen type, hopefully its ips

  • Noah Bimrose

    I am very interested in seeing how Archos' new Honeycomb tablets rank in short and long term usage. I have had my eye on them for a little over a year and have noticed that they make really nice devices on paper, but in reality they have some noticeable faults. That may have been because they tried to make moderate to huge size tablets on versions of software that where not necessarily made for the hardware that they used or just poor execution in final design.

  • jbonics

    Sounds like the tablet I have been waiting for

  • Mark

    Don't forget you won't have access to the google market place, unless Archos have changed their policy. Otherwise it's Applib.

    • cosmic


      "Android Market
      Certified by Google™, ARCHOS G9 tablets include access to Android Market. With over 200 thousand applications available to download, whether you’re after games, news, tools or widgets to personalize your Honeycomb experience, there are plenty of apps to make your ARCHOS G9 tablet your own."

  • John J

    I wonder what type of screen.. IPS?

    Archos isn't synonymous with "high quality" in my books, but those are great price points. I only wonder about the hdd:

    1) How much battery drain?
    2) How laggy will the OS be when you're using a spinning drive that suffers from seek latencies?

  • sanityguy

    From the pictures, it looks like Archos cleaned up quite a bit over the original 101 tablet. It appears more refined, camera no longer looks like an afterthought, and the back is no longer a complete mess. Fixing the viewing angle debacle of the 101 was also desperately needed. A full-size USB port and flash vs hard drive option is also a smart move. Unfortunately, Archos still hasn’t figured out the branding thing. Nobody wants to see flagrant branding on the FRONT of these things – it’s distracting. Also, I don’t think the kick stand is all that well thought out. Consider reading with the tablet on a plane. It’s common to rest the tablet on the fold-out meal tray with the tablet tilted slightly upward. It appears to me that in this use case the kick stand would extend past the back of the tray, which doesn’t work. It’s a simple thing that can have a big impact on the acceptance of the product. Also, I sure hope they fixed the accelerometer, as it was unusable on the original 101.

  • Jean Jacques

    In the videos to which you can see a link belo (in French) the rep. explains some of the details:
    1. There will be (finally!) full Android Market access.
    2. Battery life about 7-10 hours (I suppose without 3G key)
    3. Screen type - IPS (capacitive, multitouch, but only 4-finger multitouch)
    4. Spinning drive is only available to the 10'' tablet, but you can choose the traditional 16GB flash disk on both tablets. They also explain that they made a 4Gb buffer on which Android will run, the rest being for storage. This means that the disk won't have to spin all the time unless you're writing smthng to storage.

    It does still seem a bit luggy even with the powerfull processor, but these are prototypes and hopefully things get better before launch.


  • mike I

    the only downside is they got rid of the front facing speakers that were part of the A70/A101. like the price point and hope the RAM and app storage is improved over the current gen 8.

  • curly

    I have an a101 with the market on it. Go to applib and serch for arctools0.5