Hands-on with the Archos G9 Series Honeycomb Tablets



screenshot 12 572x322 Hands on with the Archos G9 Series Honeycomb Tablets



The Android tablet market is getting real crowded, real quick, but Archos’ latest G9 series of tablets plans on taking a bite out of the market share anyway by offering affordable Honeycomb 3.2 tablets under $300.

The G9 series features the Archos 80, which is an 8″ tablet with a 1024 x 768 resolution, along with the Archos 101, which is a 10″ tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixels. Both systems are available with a choice of flash or hard drive models, with up-to 250GB of storage. The G9 series is actually the only Honeycomb tablet on the market to offer a high capacity hard drive. And if you do choose to go with a hard drive powered model, that will add a bit of thickness to the system, but not much.

The systems are powered by a 1GHz OMAP4 dual core processor, and Archos has plans to launch Turbo versions of the tablets powered by 1.2Ghz dual core processors. Plus, under the hood these tablets are pretty much running stock versions of Android. However, because Archos has a history of making great PMPs and media players, they have included a revamped, and pretty slick, Video and Music player on the tablets that offers support for just about every video and music codec known to man – that includes H.264 files at 1080p, and even mkv files. The addition of HDMI out means that you can playback media files on your TV. The G9 series tablets are also the only Android tablets to come with built-in kickstands.

Overall, these tablets seem like a good value. They pack in great LG displays, and are pretty thin and light.  Archos plans on making these tablets budget friendly, and says that they are offering the only Honeycomb 3.2 tablet under $299. The 16gb 101 model can be found for as low as $249 on Amazon. If you want to get the hard drive based model, that will tack on an additional $49 or so to the price tag.

Check out our hands-on photos below

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Update 09/25/2011:
We have updated this post with Archos full upcoming line-up and pricing info

8 INCH

ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB (Classic): $299.99
8.0″ capacitive, 4 pt multitouch screen, 1024×768 resolution, 8GB Flash, Micro SD slot, 1GHZ dual-core, NEON GPU, 16.4 ozs light, micro USB and mini HDMI out, Android 3.2, Android Market, Google App Suite, Flash 10.3, Wifi BGN and bluetooth, built-in front web cam 720p, HD Video 1080p, Web, Compass

ARCHOS 80 G9 16GB (Turbo): $319.99
8.0″ capacitive, 4 pt multitouch screen, 1024×768 resolution, 16GB Flash, Micro SD slot, 1.2GHZ dual-core, NEON GPU, 16.4 ozs light, micro USB and mini HDMI out, Android 3.2, Android Market, Google App Suite, Flash 10.3, Wifi BGN and bluetooth, built-in front web cam 720p, HD Video 1080p, Web, Compass

ARCHOS 80 G9 250GB (Turbo): $369.99
8.0″ capacitive, 4 pt multitouch screen, 1024×768 resolution, 250GB Ultra Thin HDD, 1.2GHZ dual-core, NEON GPU, 21.1 ozs light, micro USB and mini HDMI out, Android 3.2, Android Market, Google App Suite, Flash 10.3, Wifi BGN and bluetooth, built-in front web cam 720p, HD Video 1080p, Web, Compass

10 INCH

ARCHOS 101 G9 8GB (Classic): $369.99

10.1″ capacitive, 4 pt multitouch screen, 1280×800 resolution, 8GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, 1GHZ dual-core, NEON GPU, 22.8 ozs light, micro USB and mini HDMI out, Android 3.2, Android Market, Google App Suite, Flash 10.3, Wifi BGN and bluetooth, built-in front web cam 720p, HD Video 1080p, Web, Compass

ARCHOS 101 G9 16GB (Turbo): $399.99
10.1″ capacitive, 4 pt multitouch screen, 1280×800 resolution, 16GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, 1.2GHZ dual-core, NEON GPU, 22.8 ozs light, micro USB and mini HDMI out, Android 3.2, Android Market, Google App Suite, Flash 10.3, Wifi BGN and bluetooth, built-in front web cam 720p, HD Video 1080p, Web, Compass

ARCHOS 101 G9 250GB (Turbo): $449.99
10.1″ capacitive, 4 pt multitouch screen, 1280×800 resolution, 250GB Ultra Thin HDD, 1.2GHZ dual-core, NEON GPU, 26.6 ozs light, micro USB and mini HDMI out, Android 3.2, Android Market, Google App Suite, Flash 10.3, Wifi BGN and bluetooth, built-in front web cam 720p, HD Video 1080p, Web, Compass

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  • http://twitter.com/goonerista Joakim Apell

    The 16 gb 101 that is linked to amazon and sells for $249 is NOT GEN9. It’s the “old” Gen 8. A very good piece of technology but with a very poor screen. So this article is kinda rubbish.

  • Mukesh Dubey

    Can you talk about RAM as well ? i think its very important aspect for any device .. I can see the processor became 1.2 from 1.5 .. Why people are just ignoring the important facts ?

  • Shrawan Goudh K

    Hey
    Can we use these G9 tabs as mobiles?

  • Kristian Nyqvist

    My first reaction was that the 1.2Ghz must be wrong, but the same info can be found on Archos homepage 1.2Ghz (1.5Ghz at start of 2012). So a small minus for the Archos 80 on my part; stick the turbo version with 512mb ram and I’ll probably go looking for another alternative…
    And the infomation vaccume regarding the RAM is a bit concerning, although I think the budget versions (8GB) can survive on 512mb as high specs is not in the first room for buyers of that model, but I’m looking for the 16GB  1.2Ghz version and I really really want that 1GB of ram. But anyhow plus to Archos for the 4:3 screen and the 3G modem solution.

  • http://www.chipchick.com Chip Chick

    Hi Joakim,
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention :)

  • Mukesh Dubey

    overall Archos is piece of junk .. just add a few dollars more and get a decent tablet. You will not only get regular product updates but also better support !!   oh yes and peace of mind comes for free :)