In Paris last June, Archos opened the curtain on two of its latest enticements for numerous Android tablet users – the 80 G9 and 101 G9. They announced that these two ninth-generation models were to be released in September. Initially the pricing was reported to be $279 for the 8-inch 80 G9 and $349 for its stouter comrade the 10.1-inch 101 G9. Now with just a couple of months before these Archos tablets start populating the shelves of electronics shops, the company makes a correction. The new price tags are $299.99 for the 80 and $369.99 for the 101. Take note that these refer only to the 8 GB basic configuration of the models.
Various Android pundits have made speculative reviews of these two upcoming products. Words like ‘cheap’, ‘affordable’, and ‘value for money’ have been bandied about. To assist you in making your own evaluation, here’s a brief overview of their features. The difference between the 80 and 101 is almost entirely multitouch screen size and resolution. In terms of processing power, both are powered by ARM Cortex A9 dual core processors that can speed up to 1.5 GHz. The two tablets also sport scalable storage capacity up to 250 GB due to Seagate’s Momentus Thin. Other similarities are HDMI, full-size USB, 802.11 Wi-Fi, 2.1 Bluetooth, and of course both tablets stand on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb platform.
So what do you think? Are the features worth the price tags? At the very least, Archos deserves some gratitude for the quick announcement. This gives us enough time to adjust our pockets and save enough disposable income for the purchase in September.