ARCHOS is a name you may or may not recognize. They've been putting out lower-end Android tablets for a while, but now they're releasing some serious contenders. The ARCHOS 80 G9 features an 8-inch screen running at 1024x768, while the ARCHOS 101 G9 is nicely equipped with a 10.1 inch 1280x800 screen. Other than the screen size, the specs on the two devices are identical:
- 1.5GHz OMAP4 Processor
- Seagate 250GB Hard Disk Drive
- HDMI out, supporting 1080p video
- Optional 3G USB stick
- Android Market
- Android 3.1 OS
The most intriguing part of this deal is the price. The 8 inch model will retail for $279, while the 10.1" version will be $349.
More details, and the full press release after the break.
One of the features I find interesting about these tablets is the multimedia apps included with them. You can store up to 50 hours of 1080p video on the internal hard drive. With the bundled apps, you can organize your media collection by title, actor, director, year, season, and even episode. The apps will automatically download the film and TV series meta data. This essentially gives you a full-blown media PC that you can carry around with you.
ARCHOS opted to not build in 3G support. Instead, they offer it as a $49 option in the form of a USB stick that plugs nicely into the concealed USB port on the device. Plans will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis. What's nice about the stick is that it plugs in cleanly to the device, as is shown in the video below. This means you won't have some stick hanging off the end of the tablet.
For the first time, ARCHOS is offering a real contender for the tablet market. I'm pretty impressed by what I'm seeing in these devices, and I think you will be too.
Full press release
ARCHOS Unveils Fastest Tablets with G9 Tablet Range
The G9 range features the industry’s fastest dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, the largest storage capacity with a Seagate 250GB Hard Drive, Honeycomb 3.1, Android MarketTM, 1080p HD video and 3G capability
DENVER, CO – June 23, 2011 – Today, ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and pioneer in the tablet market, introduces an unrivaled combination of speed and storage with its latest tablets featuring an OMAP 4 processor with an ARM® Cortex™ dual-core A9 running at 1.5 GHz and Seagate’s 250GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity.
The 8″ ARCHOS 80 G9 and 10″ ARCHOS 101 G9 are powered by AndroidTM 3.1 “Honeycomb,”* the latest Android version. ARCHOS G9 tablets come with Google’s full suite of mobile applications and Android MarketTM, giving users access to over 200,000 applications such as games, books, social media and news. With the latest version of Honeycomb, G9 tablets also offer a full web experience complete with Adobe® Flash® support for on-the-go web browsing, communication and applications.
Additionally, the G9 tablets feature a unique 3G ready solution where customers no longer need to choose between WiFi and 3G models at purchase. ARCHOS 3G Stick is a standard 3G stick for laptops which has been designed to be compatible with all ARCHOS G9 tablets. All G9 tablets come with a concealed USB port on the back of the device that when paired with the ARCHOS 3G USB Stick will enable 3G connectivity.
The G9 tablet range continues to push technological boundaries and features the following innovations.
Fastest Tablet Experience Ever
ARCHOS have decided to push their G9 tablets even further by loading them out with a 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor from Texas Instruments™. With 50% more raw computational power, ARCHOS G9 tablets have the power needed for a great Android experience.
For example, with the 1.5 GHz OMAP 4 processor the ARCHOS G9 tablet enhance a user’s web browsing experience with page load time reduced by up to 50% over tablets running the Nvidia Tegra 2TM processor at 1 GHz.
All your HD multimedia in your hands or on TV
With the best multimedia experience, ARCHOS G9 tablets are the only tablets able to decode 1080p H264 High Profile videos whilst current standard tablets are not even able to play 720p H264 High Profile smoothly.
ARCHOS have replaced the standard multimedia apps with ARCHOS boosted apps for video and music to give to users more format compatibility and a unique user interface.
With film and TV series metadata automatically downloaded, even video files are automatically organized by title, actor, director, year, season and episode, ARCHOS have redefined the tablet device category by providing consumers more ways to experience HD entertainment.
ARCHOS G9 tablets also feature an HDMI output, giving users full access to their Android experience on TV including movies in 1080p resolution.
WiFi or 3G, no need to choose, it’s up to you whenever you want
This patented solution lets the consumer add a standard PC 3G stick to his tablet whenever and wherever. The ARCHOS G9 3G Stick has been specially designed to fit perfectly into the back of any G9 tablet. Just remove the cover and slide in the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick to unleash the full portability of your ARCHOS G9 tablet.
With this innovative USB 3G stick, consumers will no longer have to choose between a WiFi and a 3G tablet at purchase. For just a $49 upgrade, the users can purchase the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick and start enjoying 3G connectivity on his ARCHOS tablet or PCs compared to other tablets where 3G modules add over $100 to the cost and there’s no option to add it later.
This cutting edge 3G stick offers one 3G solution for both a tablet and a laptop and uses just one data plan1. Offered as a Pay-As-You-Go Plan, there is no subscription required and the consumer need only pay for what they need when they need it.
Top performance, best value
While the competitors’ tablets are priced starting at $499, ARCHOS is offering an 8” tablet starting at $279 and 10.1” tablet starting $349.
ARCHOS is offering cutting-edge performance such as a more powerful and faster processor, unique 3G solution, enhanced multimedia experience and more storage capacity with the built-in 250GB HDD from Seagate.
ARCHOS are the first in the industry to offer a tablet with a hard drive, bringing 8 times more storage at the same cost of a standard 32GB tablet.
ARCHOS are also the first to offer such high performance at such affordable price, making ARCHOS G9 tablets the best cost-performance value.
The ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be shown beginning of September at IFA.
Two tablets to fit your lifestyle: ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9
The ARCHOS 80 G9 is the portable tablet with perfect size for web browsing, ebook and newspaper reading with its 8″ 4:3 screen and a resolution of 1024 x 768.
The ARCHOS 101 G9 is the perfect entertainment tablet to share the Android Honeycomb experience. With 250GB of storage space, users will be able to carry over 50 hours of full 1080p HD to watch on their 10.1″ wide 1280 x 800 16:10 screen.
Source: Talk Android