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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.

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Archos 8″ G9

Archos 10.1″ G9

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  • Anonymous

    250gb love. Mmm mmm good. Wonder how heavy it feels and how snappy it is. Never really liked the actual Archos product, but always commended their aspirations. 

  • Davros

    I’ve been seriously considering the Archos 70 to replace my failing touchscreen radio in my Jeep. For their price you cant really go wrong. If I dont like it I can give it to the kids to use :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Samuel-Stephenson/100002237991499 Samuel Stephenson

    Archos is notorious for releasing a great product then dropping support shortly after when they beginning working on their next line of products. Because of this I am hesitant to buy one of these. My Archos 5 IT went to my little brother after I hacked it to hell and back and still only had a barely functioning Android 2.2 on it.

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  • Jonathan Hunt

    The 7″ version that you used in Best Buy was most likely a previous generation and was not the A70 which was recently released.  To compare an old generation to something like a Xoom with an $800 price tag is quite ridiculous.

  • Jonathan Hunt

    The 7″ version that you used in Best Buy was most likely a previous generation and was not the A70 which was recently released.  To compare an old generation to something like a Xoom with an $800 price tag is quite ridiculous.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Are they resistive or capacitive screens?

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    It looks good, BUT the display. What type of display is in it? They could be cost cutting there and dragging the whole product down. 1080p is only nice if you can ya know, actually see it in 1080….

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  • Bad4u6669

    Did no one else pick up on that “end of september” part….. do you know how much the game is going to change in 3 months time! 

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      No kidding.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      By then maybe the Xoom will have the SD card slot working…..

  • Scottolyer

    2 big reasons why this will probably end up failing

    1. Archos screwed them selves by making a big hype about their last tablet and then having the thing fail misserably. That will alone deter many many people from this tablet.

    2. Asus is making its tablet come out a month later to also be bought around thanksgiving to christmas time. The difference maker there is, it has already proven itself to be a world leader in the industry and their first tablet was a HUGE success. Also their tablet will be a QUAD CORE!!! Asus has made their laptops affordable and i don’t see them changing that.  I just don’t see how these little guys stand a chance against that giant. But maybe a david and galiath story to be….probably not though :)

    • MOTOX

      Not everyone cares about tech specs, Archos makes quality tablets, don’t know where you get your info, they have been making them for a little while already. The 250 gb hard drive? Thats new, and its a great tablet. 

  • Anonymous

    Hardware quality…i have my doubts…to get it so cheap they may have
    gotten a few good parts to advertise about then skimped on other areas
    like screen quality, the touchscreen panel quality, the battery, etc…

    But software wise, im pretty sure its going to run pure stock unaltered
    honeycomb. So the quality of that wont be an issue as much.

    Though their dedication to releasing updates to the OS in a good time table..anys guess.

  • Ktmracer2593

    what about locked BOOTLOADERS

    • RottenVageen

      It’s not a Moto product. 

      • Anonymous

        Moto only has one tablet and its bootloader IS unlocked. Maybe you wanna be a little more specific with the digs nest time and say “phone.”

  • Anonymous

    end of september’s a looooooong way away.  but it sure does look like the tablet market will have matured a bit by the holiday season :)

  • Anonymous

    I hate to be a wet blanket here, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Archos is not know for its build quality. I can’t imagine this tablet will have a great looking screen or great hardware. I’d love to be proven wrong though.

  • Sean27030

    Archos makes a fairly decent consumer product. I have the A101 gen8 and it’s ok.. nothing to scoff at but nothing to go on about either… the largest issue i have is that they lock their devices down like you wouldn’t believe. you can pretty much forget root on the stock firmware… BUT.. they do allow a duel boot that can alow you to load a developer edition of the firmware that is rootable… my next gripe is the fact that it’s an 8 gb tablet that has only 300MB of app storage… REALLY.. come on.. If you’re getting excited about these you may wanna wait to see how they actually have the mem partitions laid out and if it’s remotely rotable if you want that… my suggestion.. buy from some where that has a good return policy..lol

  • http://www.ItsTechKnowledgy.com Colin S.

    This is my next tablet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/irishpride1183 jake sirlin

    Don’t get too excited people, remember all of the hype surrounding the last set of tablets from archos?  They were incredibly over-hyped, experienced delay after delay and when they finally arrived, they turned out to be poorly built and ran about as good as one of the chinese knock-offs.  I’m not saying these will be a guaranteed failure, but I wouldn’t trust anything coming from archos.

    • Jonathan Hunt

      My Archos 70 works amazingly and I’ve been using it nonstop daily for a couple months.  Every video/audio file I throw at the device it can process and display wonderfully.  It’s much lighter than other devices I’ve come acrossed and for $300 it was the best purchase for the quality.

  • Joelseph

    Yay for competition!  Something the iPad / iPhone doesn’t have to worry about, which is why they can get away with making their users wait years for copy and paste.  lol  Go Android!

  • Anonymous

    Damnit, I need this now!  Guess I can’t make a purchase until then.  I wish more non-phone devices had vibrators.  lol, but seriously they’re most def useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

    “With optional plug-in:
    • Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1)
    With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV”

    Finally, a tablet that can play back MKV and WMV without transcoding.

    • Anonymous

      Archos codec support is freaking epic. That’s one area where they’re clearly a win. If you’re looking for a nice tablet for light use and video streaming, you could do a lot worse than their HDD version.

  • Stelv81

    The Specs do not list Ram. As far as I remember their last tablets had less than a desirable amount of Ram.

  • Anonymous

    Before the days of Xoom, I was heavily considering getting the Archos 101 tablet.  A couple of things kept me back.  From looking at the 7″ version in Best Buy, I was not impressed with the feel, display, speed, etc, not to mention, it didn’t have the Market and was based on 2.1 (at launch with supposed 2.2 upgrade after).  Since I couldn’t get my hands on an actual 101 and they kept delaying the launch, I chose to hold off and about that time the Xoom started popping up.  So I got my Xoom and never looked back.  Assuming that the quality of the build is a LOT better than the previous versions, I’d definitely consider this as a Christmas present for my wife or something.  Won’t trade in my Xoom for it though.  The hdd is definitely interesting.  Will wonder how quiet they can keep it (and how they’ll keep it cool).

    • Anonymous

      I had an A70HDD, and the hard drive was very quiet, smooth, and didn’t cause much heat (no more than the processor; that’s for sure). That tablet had 99 problems, but an HDD wasn’t one.

  • http://twitter.com/coreno coreno

    Release date?

    • Anonymous

      September.

  • Anonymous

    Archos does not have a great reputation for hardware or software quality. I’m waiting until I can see these in person.

    • RottenVageen

      They are garbage. Akin to a Kia car. 

      • Anonymous

        Kias are great cars and well worth the money.  Unfortunately they don’t make you “cool” becaues you drive a brand name car, but then again coming from an obvoius apple troll, brand recognition is probably all you are about anyway.

        • Anonymous

          He probably thinks Harley Davidson is the best motorcycle manufacturer, too.

        • RottenVageen

          Kia is garbage. Not because of brand name-nice try with that obvious out-they are junk because of sub-standard materials and poor engineering. 

          • Anonymous

            Your parents must have been on sub-standard materials when they made you.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UGSDJMELZVD6X5BE3LA23BWX2A Gian

            Kia makes great cars. People from different social classes here in Asia use it. And what you say about its materials are lies.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is pretty sweet.  I was just telling my wife that tablets are cool, but they are just as much as actual laptops.  I think I may actually get one of these.  I really like the Acer Iconia, but these look pretty sweet.

  • Cjreyes666

    Finally a decent tablet with a good price tag. Makes me wonder if the tablet war is going to keep prices falling.

  • Andrew Akker

    I wouldn’t *take* an OMAP4 over a Tegra 2 any day, I’m sure the Tegras outperform in graphics handling since they have the full power of GeForce behind them, but the OMAP4s certainly aren’t crappy.

    • ifailatliving

      lol @ the full power of geforce

      • Anonymous

        ULP GeForce GPU is actually quite the performer for 3D gaming. Current benchmarks for mobile suck, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in them over empirical evidence.

    • Guest

      do you even now anything about CPU and GPU architecture, or are you just regurgitating the overprocessed marketing material force fed to you?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Do you *know* the difference between now and know?

        • Guest

          yes, it’s called a typo, and it’s just the internet.  not a thesis paper.  grow up.

    • Anonymous

      LOL!  The OMAP4 is quite a bit faster than the Tegra 2, actually.

      Imagination Technologies PowerVR > nvidia Geforce almost always.

  • Jer85008

    If the screen looks good and build quality is better than their previous models I’m in!

  • Kevlar

    Only front cam and archos is known for little product support as they just keep pumping out new products every few months….for $50 more, get the Transformer. Not only is the device great, the dev support on it is great.

    • Sean27030

      I have the A101 gen 8 and i’ve read several places that Archos’s support sux but haven’t had any issues the 2-3 times i’ve had to call them…. got through quick… polite people… and resolved my issue… from my understanding they’ve came along way from the times of the company just putting out digital media players.

      • Kevlar

        I meant support as in updated software for their older products, their customer support when I had to deal with them was not bad.

  • http://twitter.com/HenriDevious Henri Devious

    i’m definitely buying.. 

  • tjhrulz

    And you would laugh at the word vibrators kellen

  • tjhrulz

    I find humor in the fact that the larger tablet is smaller in its picture. 

  • RottenVageen

    Enough of the crappy tablets. No one is buying these. 

    • DigitalEnforcer

      Um, these aren’t crappy tablets. These are High-End Tablets at a very cheap price. Now the Xoom could be considered a Crappy Tablet after we found out the crappy materials that they put into it and are charging a ridiculous price for.

    • Dash Speeds

      These “crappy tablets” have better specs than anything on the market right now. Terga 2 isn’t all it cracked up to be.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        Agreed.  I’ll take on OMAP4 over a Tegra 2 any day.

      • hkklife

        Specs aren’t everything. I got burned badly on an Archos 101 back in December/Jan so I will reserve judgement until I have thoroughly used one of these.  While the 101 & 70’s specs were great at that time for the price, everything on them appears to be 2nd rate quality (or worse). 

        My 101 had a creaky body with noticable gaps between the various panels, the plastic screen was probably the worst capacitive touchscreen I have ever used, and everything was laggy (even after installing Froyo and overclocking it).  Of course the viewing angles + camera & speaker quality were abysmal but I knew that going into the deal.  Add to that the lack of official Gapps or Market and I ended up dumping it about 2 months later.  I replaced it with a rooted Nook Color, then a Viewsonic G-Tablet and now I am very happy with my Galaxy Tab.

        I do give Archos props for being aggressive in the lower-end, non-carrier-affiliated tablet market, but they really need to step up their quality control and source better components.   Also, let’s not forget that Archos had a 250gb HDD version of the previous-gen Archos 7, so that is really nothing new. Personally, I am holding out for the first 7″ or 8″ tablets running Honeycomb 3.2.

        • Anonymous

          This. 1000x this. As a former A70HDD owner (now a happy Streak 7 owner), I can’t endorse this comment enough. I really want Archos to do well and shake things up, but I just can’t trust their build quality. I didn’t listen to people who had purchased the Gen7 devices and complained about build quality because, well, I was getting a Gen8. Gen9 purchasers beware: the Gen8 had a very crappy build quality (hardware and software).

    • http://twitter.com/Beezzzzy Basil Mahmud

      Crappy?! As long as these aren’t resistive touch, I’m picking up an 8inch tablet!

    • Anonymous

      I think you meant to post that comment on the Motorola Xoom announcement.

    • http://profiles.google.com/chrisleighton3 Chris Leighton

      Are you stupid? Did you read the article? These are better than the new Galaxy Tab

      • RottenVageen

        Specs don’t mean jack-Take Atrix for example. This market is dead. Ipad is killing these toys. 

        • Sean27030

          Bull….. You obviously are clueless… They had harder times keeping the A101 gen 8 in stock than with the asus transformer… I was in close touch with a sales rep at Global that was trying to snag me one and he emailed me when they got 1000 in stock and they had sold out in 10 min… and was that way for close to 4 months…

          As far as the I pad goes it’s too expensive for what it is. After all it’s JUST a PAD… those are best used for sopping up those still on the apple RAG….

          • RottenVageen

            1,000 units is chicken feed. You have no idea about volume. Archos is a low quality brand that markets to drools that fancy themselves at techies. 

          • Sean27030

            You aren’t considering the fact that that 1000 units at ONE sales point… that sold in 10 min… and yes Archos might not be the absolute best… but they do support their products well and if you have an issue with it, it gets resolved… and they do support the softwware end of the device too.. there have been several udates adding functionality.

            Apple makes over priced over rated trinkets developed and manufactured under Stalinistic industry practices that pander to those that concider them selves to be posh and hip rather than capable of understanding an utilizing a devie that they can make their own in all aspects. Final closing point, with technology changing as fast as it does, If the cheaper device will meet my needs then I’ll more than likely go with it. Not everybody likes to over spend to look cool like you.

        • Not Rotten

          You were dropped as an infant

      • LionStone

        How do you feel these are better than the new Galaxy Tab? 

    • Andrew Akker

      Well looks like we know who’s uninformed.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    Dang… but if they release in September, that’s about the time Asus will have it’s Transformer 2 with the Tegra 3 chip. Still, Great deal though!

  • GJB

    Is that a 4:3 aspect ratio I spy on the 8″?  *barf*

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

      4:3 is a better format for e-books, and an 8″ screen is pretty much ideal for that purpose as well.  Back when I had an iPad, the 4:3 wasn’t bad for watching 16:9 TV content on, either – the black bars weren’t that bad.  Wider-format movies, however, blew.

  • P!X3L

    at that price why not… Maybe I’ll get some to leave around the house!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure what the form factor on these is going to be but a 16gb of on board and sd expansion sounds awesome for $350… I may have my tablet.

  • http://twitter.com/c0dege3k Reese Chappuis

    Huh. I was thinking about the Transformer because it’s cheaper than the Xoom, but I might go with the 10 inch version of this instead…

  • Anonymous

    they arent beautiful like the xoom or galaxy but atleast they have gone with their own design instead of just copying each other.

    • Anonymous

      I just saw an article that the xoom cant run high res, is that true? dont own one but am checking out all options before i buy

      • Anonymous

        If you’re referring to hd video, none of the tablets with a Tegra 2 can, the tegra 2 doesn’t support high profile h.264 or NEON instructions. The OMAP4 is much faster.

  • http://twitter.com/WesKenya Wes

    Anyone else’s jaw just drop?

  • http://www.facebook.com/migoyvelez Migoy Velez

    If it tests out as good as it sounds, it may be the company that puts Moto (and these other likeminded fools) in their place for making something so expensive with quality that turns out to be so mediocre.

  • Anonymous

    And this is how Android is going to win the tablet market as well.

  • Anonymous

    And this is how Android is going to win the tablet market as well.

    • RottenVageen

      It already lost many months ago. Dead deal. 

      • Watchatalknboutwillis

        You sir are an idiot.

        • RottenVageen

          That’s not what your mom said. 

          • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

            Real mature.

          • Brutalsnowman

            Sit troll, sit.

      • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

        Well I sure as hell ain’t spending 600 bucks on anyone’s tablet. 350? maybe. I’m pretty sure there is a market for people like me. So no, not a dead deal.

      • Yourmoms_smelly_hole

        I agree, low budget tablets will not work. 

        • Anonymous

          If this has everything higher priced tablets do with that processor, yes it will.

        • Anonymous

          Low price anything will work. Everybody has a niche. The deciding factor is scalability and support. Android tablets are easily reproduced on a less expensive scale, even if it takes a small percentage of performance away, it’s worth the 300 dollar savings to people just as having the best is worth it to others. Market is market. There’s an alternative available and someone who will purchase it….always.

        • Anonymous

          With that OMAP beast? Remember, this thing is half again as powerful (150%) as the XOOM/Transformer/Iconia/Tab 10.1, for half the price.

  • http://twitter.com/monkespit brian meyer

    what kind of screen and does it have actual full usb ports

  • DNAdinosaur

    A vibrating tablet with a spinning HDD that when dropped will scratch the shit out of the platter and data will be lost. Great idea Archos.

    • P!X3L

      I doubt the hdd is actually inside the tablet. prolly an external 2.5″

    • Dash Speeds

      Ever looked at a tablet before? The giant exposed glass screen should probably be your first concern should you drop it. 

      • http://twitter.com/bstag black stag

        it has glass? :> its monkey glass its as good as steel just clear didn’t you know :> Till said monkey decides to fling poo.

    • Anonymous

      I had an Archos A70 with the 250GB HDD. It was a dog of a device (returned it), but not due to the hard drive. In fact, the hard drive was so seamless that you would hardly notice the difference between it and an SSD (it certainly didn’t affect benchmarks, and there was only minor slowdown in regular usage). I realy wish more tablets came with a small SSD for app storage and a large (250GB-1TB) internal drive for data. Archos usually supports USB host mode, too, so the extra space on board is very welcome.

      All that said, I don’t trust Archos’ build quality. I was very disappointed with my A70HDD. I returned it and got a T-Mo Streak7 and haven’t looked back (almost as much fun as my OG Droid).

  • DAN

    Exactly what I am waiting for, a tablet that is inexpensive