Another day, another giveaway. Today, we're holding another one of our "lightning" giveaways, which will continue until tomorrow, December 18th at 11:59PM PST. For your consideration, we have two Archos tablets: the Archos 80 G9, and the 101 G9. Both come in the 8GB "Classic" trim and are equipped with TI OMAP4 1GHz dual-core processors, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and allow for up to 7 hours of video playback. They're both equipped with kickstands as well, so there's no need to go buy a costly tablet folio to enjoy some hands-free video watching. We're giving away one of each model, brought to you by our friends at Archos.
Remember the 1.5GHz powerhouse G9 tablets that were officially announced last week by ARCHOS? Yeah, the ones with staggering release dates ranging from September 20th to sometime in October. Need a refresher? Okay - here's the quick and dirty edition:
- ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB: 1GHz Processor, 8-inch display, Honeycomb 3.2; available September 20 from ARCHOS.com and September 30th from other online retailers.
- ARCHOS 80 G9 16/250GB and ARCHOS 101 G9 16/250GB: 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4, Honeycomb 3.2; available sometime in October.
While the former of the two is now on sale as planned, there has been somewhat of a delay with the latter.
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.
If you're looking for a cheap tablet experience, then look no further - as long as you're a fan of Archos on Facebook, then you can grab the Archos 70 for $190, and it even includes a free case. Sure, it may not be the hottest thing in the tablet world right now, but for less than you would normally pay for some eBook readers, it's still hard to beat this deal.
The Archos 70 sports a 7 inch 800x480 display, 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 2.2, so it's not the most amazing device you'll ever buy - but I bet it would be an awesome device to have around for hacking and ROMming purposes.
So, two new tablets from Archos weren't enough for you? Apparently, it wasn't for them either - enter two new products that put Android in places that we haven't really seen it before: on your radio, and on your... home phone. Yeah, it took me a moment to digest the idea of a home phone as well; I haven't used one of those in years.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the 35 Smart Home Phone first. It's basically a smartphone without cellular connectivity, offering the same features that you've come to expect from an Android phone. You'll be able to hit up the Android Market to install your favorite apps, check your email, video chat using the front facing camera, and whatever else you can think of.
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.
Historically (and generally speaking), Archos' tablet offerings have failed to impress. That may all be about to change, though: the company has unofficially revealed some details about their upcoming Gen 9 tablet, and at least on paper, it looks like quite a doozy.
The Gen 9 will be powered by a 1.6GHz ARM A9 CPU, which is the same underlying processor used in the Apple A5 (iPad 2) CPU, as well as Nvidia's Tegra 2 and upcoming Kal-El CPUs, among others. Apparently the tablet will also come packing up to a 250 GB HD - an awful lot of storage.
Nope, the Archos 70 wasn't the death of the good (or not so good) ol' Archos 7 Home Tablet, apparently. The manufacturer has just let revision 2 of the Archos 7 loose, and while it's still got a resistive touchscreen (ugh), its CPU has been upgraded to an 800 MHz Rockchip processor (the older model was powered by a 600 MHz chip), and it now comes with Android 2.1 (as opposed to Android 1.6 on the original).
Expansys will sell you the device for $194.99, though it's currently out of stock and is said to be shipping within 5-10 days.
The Archos 5 has never been the most popular Android tablet - it has its plusses and minuses, but the 500GB version at almost half off that popped up on Amazon today may make you forgive and forget some of its flaws. Considering that with the Market hack, Archos 5 gets full access to the Android Market, this little device could end up being the largest portable media hub you can get for the price.
Handy price history, courtesy of CamelCamelCamel (I just love that site name) below:
If for some reason you were lusting after the Archos 43 upon ogling the company's lineup of Froyo tablets, good news, you can buy one right now from Archos, for a tidy sum of $250 (this is for the 16GB model, the 8GB model is not currently available). What does a quarter of a grand get you? We've provided Archos' full tech specs at the end of the post, as they're quite lengthy. Currently, Archos appears to only be shipping the 43 to Canada and the US, via their online store - somewhat odd, as they are based in France (the French store shows the device is still "Coming Soon").