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Archos Introduces Two New Inexpensive Honeycomb Tablets With OMAP4 Processors Clocked at 1.5GHz

Archos finally decided it was time to join the legitimate Android tablet game today by introducing two new Honeycomb variants of 8″ and 10.1″ that actually have the market installed.  Before we get into the specs of these things though, let’s talk about the most important piece which may really blow your minds:  price.  The 8″ G9 tablet can be had for as little as $279 with the 10.1″ G9 dropping in at $349.  Remarkable, right?

So what’s packed inside – it’s gotta be garbage right?  Not necessarily.  Archos decided to use TI’s OMAP4 dual-core processor which has been clocked at 1.5GHz and allows them to call this the “fastest tablet experience ever.”  In fact, they are claiming it can outperform the Tegra 2 by up to 50%.  They are also giving customers the choice of either 16GB of on-board storage with the ability to add additional SD cards or a 250GB Seagate hard drive.  Seriously, a 250GB hard drive.  Both tablets come as wifi-only, but an additional 3G dongle stickie thingy can be purchased and connected to give you on-the-go data.  These tablets can decode 1080p H264 High Profile videos – something no other tablet can apparently do.

They have gyroscopes, vibrators (hah), GPS abilities and every other normal tablet feature we’ve seen over the last few months.  When I initially saw the announcement for these, I sort of rolled my eyes, but I’m taking that attitude back and will gladly say, “Nice work Archos.”

Both tablets will be available at the end of September.

Who’s buying?  

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Archos 8″ G9

Archos 10.1″ G9

  • Anonymous

    I have the 8″ model and its pretty sweet. Can’t complain so far. Didn’t even know it was 1.5 ghz till I read this article. Pleasantly surprised though…

  • Till

    Too bad Archos devices are known to crash, reboot and hang all the time. There’s a reason why they’re cheap.

  • Anonymous

    i absolutely would buy the 8inch! i mean im kind of a phone nerd and i love my android, but realistically if i have a laptop and a smartphone i dont have a huge need for a tablet, it just wouldnt be terribly practical for me, BUT if i could have one for only $280 i would totally buy one just for the sheer novelty of it, because i would probably get $280 worth of use out of a tablet but never the $500 or $600 and ipad or xoom costs. im excited for this

  • SetNick

    If you don’t already own an Archos tablet, you’re missing out. Best bang for the buck thus far.

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  • Anonymous

    Honeycomb for me, vibrators for the Mrs.! …winning!

  • Bboyzala

    Hmmm going to wait and see on this. There will never be a winning side to anything between apple and android or anything really. Without competition, our world wouldn’t be where we are today.

  • Kaldo

    o.k. there might be some little flaws  with this tablet at the beginning as well, but hey: the process of generic android tablets has only started and it’s a thousand times faster than the one we’ve seen with laptops, so mark my words: in December there won’t be doubts about what the android tablets can do, the comparative questions will mostly be: 1.price 2. design 3. unrestrictive use (e.g interfaces, bloatware)

  • Alexklein1200

    LIES! in pricing! on the 
    Archos 10.1″ G9 its $399.99 for a 16gb and $499.99 for 150gb

  • I don’t think these tablets are aesthetically pleasing, but if they perform perfect that’s all that matters. 

    I’m most definitely interested in one of these. I must wait for the Droid Life reviews on it. 

  • Wow I might get this, 1080p video? yes please.

  • Anonymous

    I want to get this tablet and add a 500GB HDD in it for movie/music usage.

  • XtatX

    Dual core 1.5Gz sounds great, but what about the RAM?  I didn’t see it in the spec sheet.  And, I would love the hard disk, but not platter style.  Must be solid.  I don’t hold perfectly still while using a tablet.

  • Anonymous