When ARCHOS first announced its upcoming Android 3.2-powered G9 tablets back in June, we were surprised at the amount of raw power tucked away under the chassis of the duo. A bit has changed since then in way of both price and hardware spec -- but it's still not a huge deviation from the original announcement.
The 80 G9, named such for its 8-inch 1024x768 display, will come in three variants, each a step up from the last.
The 8GB variant comes in at the lowest price point of the three at $299, and is the only one to pack a 1GHz processor instead of a 1.5GHz OMAP.
The 16GB and 250GB variants will rock the more powerful 1.5GHz processor and come in at $329 and $369 respectively.
The 101 G9 is priced much the same way, except there is no 8GB, 1GHz variant. The 101 features a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display and the same 1.5GHz processor as the more powerful 80 G9s and offers the same storage options, albeit at higher price points: the 16GB version will be $399, while the 250GB variant will be $70 higher at $469.
- ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB 1GHz will be available:
- September 20th from ARCHOS.com
- September 30th from retailers, such as HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart, and Electronic Express
- ARCHOS 80 G9 16GB 1.5GHz, ARCHOS 80 G9 250GB 1.5GHz, ARCHOS 101 G9 16GB 1.5GHz, and ARCHOS 101 G9 250GB 1.5GHz will be available in October without a specific date given
For more information on this duo, check out ARCHOS' official site.
The G9 range will be available in 20,000 stores worldwide and will feature an ultra fast dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz, Honeycomb 3.2, Android MarketTM, 1080p HD video and storage capacity up to 250GB
DENVER, CO – September 15, 2011 - ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and pioneer in the tablet market, announces the availability of its new G9 AndroidTM tablets starting on September 20, 2011. The ARCHOS G9 tablets introduced on June 23, 2011 are an unrivaled combination of speed and affordability.
With its 8’’ G9 tablet, ARCHOS will be the first to market with a dual-core, Android Honeycomb 3.2 tablet under $300 featuring an OMAP 4 processor with an ARM Cortex dual-core A9 at 1 GHz for $299. Pushing the technological boundaries even further, the ARCHOS G9 “Turbo” will be the first and only Android tablet in the market under $400 to use the OMAP 4 dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz, which gives it 50% more raw computational power over its 1 GHz competitors.
Powered by Android 3.2 ‘Honeycomb’
Android™ 3.2 ‘Honeycomb’ is specially designed and optimized for tablets, giving a full web experience for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications. With Adobe® Flash® 10.3 support for the true web experience and with the constantly growing number of apps in Android Market™, ARCHOS G9 tablets are your versatile tool for your connected life.
ARCHOS G9 tablets will include access to Android Market, which has more than 250,000 applications available for 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.
ARCHOS G9 tablets also come with a suite of GoogleTM mobile applications including Google Talk™ with video chat, Gmail™, Youtube™, Google Maps™ with Street View and Navigation (beta) and Google Calendar™.
Flash storage or 250GB hard drive storage
To give you more space for your media and apps ARCHOS G9 tablets are available with flash storage and 250GB hard drive storage capacities. Using an intelligent caching system on the hard drive versions, your 250GB G9 will feel as fast and responsive as a flash device but gives you storage space to spare.
Wanting to give users the best of both worlds, ARCHOS paired the Seagate® Momentus® Thin hard drive with a dedicated 4GB flash caching system. This ARCHOS engineered hybrid solution offered on all ARCHOS G9 hard drive tablets is designed to limit spinning and to keep the drive powered down when not in use, which will protect it when on the go as well as preserve battery life.
Price and availability
The ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet featuring a 1 GHz dual-core processor will be on pre-sale starting September 20, 2011 on ARCHOS.com with the following recommended retail price:
• ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB – 1 GHZ at $299
Additionally, the ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB tablet will be available online and at select retailers including HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart and Electronic Express on September 30, 2011.
The ARCHOS G9 tablets running a dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz will be available in stores and online in October with the following recommended retail price:
• ARCHOS 80 G9 16GB - 1.5 GHz at $329
• ARCHOS 80 G9 250GB – 1.5 GHz at $369
• ARCHOS 101 G9 16GB – 1.5 GHz at $399
• ARCHOS 101 G9 250GB – 1.5 GHz at $469