Archos has just officially released a new line of tablet called Archos G9, with two models: the Archos 80 Go and the Archos 101 G9. This time the French company is pursuing an pure “power play” by featuring a fast 1.5Ghz Texas Instruments dual-core system on a chip, or SoC (the same chip than the Playbook probably) and 250GB of user storage – about 4 to 15 times the amount commonly found in modern tablets. The storage is a Seagate hard drive. Archos claims that The extra frequency allows its tablet to be 50% faster than competitors equipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 such as the Motorola Xoom or the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The G9 series is powered by Android 3.1 (aka Honeycomb) will come in 8″ and 10″. The 8″ version jas a 1024×768 resolution, which is similar to the iPad. The 10″ one gets 1280×800, which is on par with other Android 3.x tablets. Screen quality aside, the G9 is definitely in the race, when it comes to the number of pixels.
It comes with WIFI, but Archo’s option for 3G is definitely… unorthodox: it’s a 3G Modem in the form of a USB stick. Yes, you heard that right. It might be big and ugly, but the good side is that it’s cheap: Archos can retail its tablets for $279 (8″ Archos G9) and $349 (10″ Archos G9), which is a far cry from the $499 that most WiFi-only competitors propose.
With a regular HDD and an over-clocked processor, Archos is clearly differentiating itself. The main question that remains is: what’s the battery life? A regular hard disk consumes much more power than Flash memory, and an 1.5Ghz chip can consume much more than a 1Ghz chip… Depending on the battery life, this could make the Archos a “home” tablet, instead of a “mobile” tablet. In any case, Archos has created a powerful tablet.
We’ll just have to test it for ourselves! In the meantime, here are the technical specifications, directly from Archos:
Next Story: Structure 2011 Live Streaming
- 2014-01-07: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro Series – hands-on review
- 2013-12-10: HP EliteBook Revolve G2
- 2013-12-10: Quark A Kickstarter Project That Help Kids Learn Via Fun
- 2013-12-06: No Glasses 3D Tablet Makes 3D Viewing More Convenient
- 2013-09-06: LG G Pad: Hands On Review
- 2011-12-13: Huawei MediaPad visits the FCC again, headed for AT&T
- 2011-12-05: HTC Flyer gets Honeycomb
- 2011-11-16: Archos Arnova 9 G2 tablet announced
- 2011-11-08: Asus Transformer Prime: Preview
- 2011-10-19: Netflix for Android updated