Friday, June 24, 2011

Archos unveils new Android 3.1 Tablets

Archos has just officially announced a pair of Honeycomb tablets - the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9. These two latest Honeycomb tablets will be running on Android 3.1 when launched and will be powered by a dual-core Arm Cortext G9 processor running 1.5Ghz and storage options of either a 16/32GB flash drive OR a 250GB Seagate hard drive on board. This is probably the first time I've ever heard of the hard drive option being made available for any tablet in the market. Both of these tablets will have support for 1080p HD video playback with 3G capability out of the box. There's no Wifi only edition so you  no longer have to choose between a Wifi only or a 3G + Wifi option anymore.

The Archos 80 G9 which sports an 8 Inch 4:3 aspect ratio screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 which also comes with HDMI output support and will be sold at just $279. According to information the official site, the price of the 32GB and the 250 Seagate hard drive costs the same, presumably the 16GB will be the one sold at $279. More after the break.

On the other hand, we have the Archos 101 which sports a nice 10.1 inch widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1280 x 800 (which comes with the HDMI output as well) and will be sold at a RRP of $349. It'll be interesting to see how well this tablets sell as they're the first ones to offer either a flash or hard drive option so far in the tablet world. The thickness level of course will be different between the flash and hard drive models, so you have to choose wisely between storage space and compactness. Check out the pic below for a thickness comparison:
Both tablets are expected to be available at the end of September this year, so if you're planning to get a new tablet, be sure to check out the Archos pair. Check out the press release document here.

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