Archos G9 Android tablets - Serious competition for the iPad

Summary:When it comes to Android tablets, most come up pretty short when compared to Apple's iPad. But Archos has unveiled a new tablet that takes Android tablets to a whole new level and offers up real competition in terms of hardware for the iPad.

When it comes to Android tablets, most come up pretty short when compared to Apple's iPad. But Archos has unveiled a new tablet that takes Android tablets to a whole new level and offers up real competition in terms of hardware for the iPad.

Introducing the Archos G9.

Check out the Archos G9 photo gallery!

Here's what we know:

  • Two flavors - the Archos 80 G9, which comes with an 8-inch 1,024 by 768 pixel display, and the Archos 101 G9 which sports a 10.1-inch 1,280 by 800 pixel display.
  • Dual-core OMAP 4 (ARM Cortex A9) processors humming along at 1.5GHz.
  • Android 3.1 'Honeycomb' OS.
  • HDMI output with 1080p media playback.
  • Storage comes in the form of a 250GB 7mm super-slim hard drive from Seagate. This is a real advantage for the media hog since the drive offers 250GB of storage for the same price as 32GB of flash memory. There's also an option for 16GB of flash memory and microSD support for those who feel a 250GB drive is overkill.
  • WiFi support, optional 3G WWAN dongle.
  • Adobe Flash support.
  • Apps available from the Android Market.

Finally someone gets the pricing right.OK, price ... and this is another strong point. The Archos 80 G9 will retail for $279 while the Archos 101 G9 comes with a $349 price tag. Now that's what I'm talking about. Finally someone gets the pricing right. Optional G9 3G WWAN stick available for $49.

Availability is scheduled for the end of September.

This looks like a very nice bit of kit. If you're in the market for a tablet you might want to hold out making a purchase until this hits the scene, especially if you want lots of storage.

Topics: iPad, Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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