Archos has been one of the few companies that have been bringing tablets to market at incredibly low prices, and was one of the first to bring an Android tablet to market, even if it was barely notable. The company had released updated Android tablets for insanely low prices, but the build quality and materials used have all been questionable. Well, that may have changed this time around, as Archos recently announced the next generation of its Android tablets, the G9 series.
The two tablets, named the Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9, are definitely a step up in specifications from previous offerings and both pack some nice specifications. Both tablets differ in only the slightest of ways: the 80 G9 will ship with an 8 inch display (1024 x 768) and the 101 G9 will sport a 10.1 inch display (1280 x 800). Other than that, both tablets are virtually identical.
The tablets will now ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP CPU, Android Honeycomb (with the Market included this time), and a whopping 250GB HDD drive for storage. Using Seagate’s 7mm Momentus Thin HDD, the Archos G9 tablets ship with an amount of storage that has rarely been seen on devices of its kind before. Both tablets feature a full size USB port which you can purchase a 3G USB stick for even more connectivity, with pay as you go options available for the accessory.
You’ll also find all of the expected features on a tablet today, like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. Archos was also nice enough to include a HDMI port for 1080p HD video playback. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, Archos sweetens the deal by offering up the devices for very cheap. You can grab the 8-incher for $279, and the 10-inch version for $349.
A friend of mine recently purchase the Archos 101 tablet, and while it’s incredibly thin and nice, the display itself is pretty poor. Hopefully the company has delivered by giving users a better, more accurate display on the tablets, but how much more can you really expect at these incredible prices?
Expect to see the G9 tablet series land sometime at the end of September.