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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.

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80 G9

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.

101 G9

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.

Availability

  • 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

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • John Jones

    Amazong? Half-way between Amazon and amazing? :)

    • Cameron Summerson

      Heck yes! ;)

  • http://ericcamil.com Eric

    16gb...or 250gb, what a huge difference. I may pick up the 250gb model, it's looking pretty nice.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You might want to keep an eye out at AP's posts in the next few days if you like the 250GB. ;-]

      • thierry

        a new giveaway?! Yummy...

  • gimlet72

    As far as I am aware of this is the first android tablet to have a 1280x800 resolution. The 250gb model will have a HDD in it as opposed to the 16 and 32gb SSD

    • Cameron Summerson

      Um... what? Basically every 10-inch tablet on the market has a 1280x800 resolution.

    • http://ericcamil.com Eric

      For only a 70$ upgrade difference to get 250gb, it has to be non-SSD as a drive.. If I could get a 250gb SSD for 70$. Wonder what the weight difference will be though. It looks good either way.

      Cameron do you use a tablet or have a preference - are you going to snag an archos?

      • Cameron Summerson

        I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and I love it), but there's no denying that the 101 G9 looks quite impressive. A 1.5GHz processor? Yes, please!

        However, I'm not as impressed with the fact that it has an optional 250GB drive, so I would probably stick with the 16GB.

        I would be curious to check one out and see how it stacks up to my Tab, as there are a lot of variables that would determine whether or not I could confidently recommend it.

        • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays GarciaM25

          I too have a SGT10.1, and if the screen on the Archos looks anywhere near as good as the Sammy, I'm dumping it for the 250GB.... I love the fact that I can store tons of movies or comics on that thing and carry it around with me - it would combine my Dell Inspiron Duo and the tablet in one nice package, providing the Archos IS nice and has a nice screen..........

        • Nocturnhabeo

          This would become my new carry on and carry around so I no longer have to lug my laptop all the tablets have been too small for me to allow them to replace what I had. I would choose the 250GB

  • Sky

    how is the display?..better or similar to my asus tranny?.. the 1.5 seems awesome though.

    • Cameron Summerson

      ASUS tranny -- I loled.

  • Kyle Taylor

    "The 16GB and 250GB variants will rock the more powerful processor and come in at $329 and $269 respectively."
    ummmmmmm....... I think you got those prices backwards...... derp

    EDIT: LMAO, as I refresh the page after I post this comment the second price shoots up $100 (and I copy pasted, so I know it said "$269")

    • Cameron Summerson

      No, it was a typo, and I fixed it hours ago.

  • Jeremy

    will it be the 20th or 30th
    Because the title and text are different

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'll fix this right up - the dates are actually even more complicated than just 20th and 30th.

      OK, all fixed up.

  • Franco

    I was interested in the weights since it is good too get more storage etc on the tablets but it will get too a point you just getting a laptop due too weight.

    But the top end version (250g) weighs just 27.7 ounce (0.7kg) which is actually lighter then an average notebook which came in at 1.1kg.(random online check)

    A laptop i checked was 2.6kg so although more can be achieved right now on a laptop there is still more room for improvements.

    But not much since for me i would not want too get too weighty.Once the tabs/pads got too around 1.5kg i would start too think more along the lines of laptops again since i think pads/tabs are ment too be conventional and with excessive weight they would lose that image.

    But there has most definitely been a great change around in pad/tabs of late and good too see tech moving forward.

    Im no expert thats just my view on things.

  • Matchstick

    It's nice to see some tablets coming out at an affordable price with some interesting options (HDD & USB 3G module).

    But this isn't Archos's first go at an android tablet and they have a reputation for skimping on things like RAM and screen quality.

    Still I'm interested to see what that can do this time and if they can manage to get these out the door without compromising too badly they could be what's really needed to shake the tablet market up a bit.

  • rani

    hmmm look nice but as i read many opinion on many website i wounder why the hell archos have bad reputation as i read the specification of this tab i see it so good with the duel core and the great storage wow can u imagine 250 GB on your tablet really good but cameron plz if u buy it tell us your opinion as i am really really thinking to buy it

  • Kris

    So why does their website say, “32GB flash or a 250GB1 hard drive, it costs us manufacturers the same price, so why should you have to pay a premium for the extra space? At least that’s what we think at ARCHOS."

    Shouldn't this mean that both the 16GB and 250GB versions will be the same price?

    • Random

      "Shouldn't this mean that both the 16GB and 250GB versions will be the same price?"

      No. There is the 16GB flash model but rather than a 32GB flash model they are offering a 250GB HDD.

      32GB of flash memory costs the same as a 250GB hard disk so you might as well have 7x the space for the same price.