Archos, the French hardware manufacturer, is used to offer respectable alternatives for tablets, but last week it seems like they truly wanted to raise the bar. The company has introduced its 3rd generation Android tablets which include the new 80 G9 and 101 G9 models. These devices boost some pretty fancy specs, and will be running Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system. The 80 and 101 model only differ in size, however what’s really interesting about the G9 series it what’s inside. Both models will get a version with 250GB Seagate Momentus Thin (7mm) hard drive integrated that should give the gadget the biggest on board storage available for a tablet today.
The Archos G9 80 slate will sport a 8-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 768 resolution, 4:3 ratio. Meanwhile, Archos 101 G9 is going to get a 10-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution (16:9 ratio). These tablets will be powered by a dual-core OMAP 4 processor (1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9) with 50% extra raw computational power than the popular Nvidia Tegra 2.The manufacturer says the OMAP 4 processor will reduces the loading time for a web page by up to 50 percent compared to devices which sport a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
There will be 2 version for each tablet one called Flash with 16GB of storage and the other HDD that will have 250GB of space and will be 3mm thicker. Archos says there is no difference between the Flash and HDD models regarding battery life, but is expected that the HDD models to run out of power a little bit quicker than the Flash ones. The battery life should be up to 36 hours of music playback, up to 10 hours of Internet surfing and up to 7 hours of video playback.
The full specification list includes 1 GB of RAM, micro-SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB,a front facing camera capable of filming 720p clips and Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR. Each tablet is 3G-ready, which means there’s going to be only one version instead of two: a Wi-Fi-only and a 3G/Wi-Fi version. For the Wi-Fi one users can use The Archos G9 3G Stick. This stick can fit in the back of all G9 tablets gives 3G connectivity. The G9 series will also have Archos Connect SIM which allows users add extra credit to subscription or pay-as-you-go data plans straight from the device.
The G9 80 will have a price tag of only $279 while the Archos 101 G9 is going to cost $349. This seems like a good deal considering deal considering that rival tablets with similar specs cost around $499. Both models are set to be released at the end of September.