Seagate, Archos Team Up for Low-Priced Tablets with up to 250 GB Storage
Archos’ upcoming tablets just may give you more storage space than what current tablets can provide. Just yesterday, Archos announced in Paris its ninth-generation tablets: the Archos 80 G9 (an 8-incher) and the Archos 101 G9 (a 10.1-incher).
The 8-inch version is expected to command a retail price of US$280, while the 10.1-inch version’s expected retail price is US$350. The exact release date for the tablets has not yet been revealed, but they are expected to become available in late September.
The Archos 101 G9 may spark interest in the world of tablets because it can have up to 250 GB of hard disk storage. Where other tablets today use solid state drive (SSD) storage, Archos teamed up with Seagate to provide Archos tablets with more storage space.
Using Seagate’s Momentus Thin hard disk drives, the Archos 101 G9 can easily provide more room to store files on the tablet than other current tablets today using SSDs–and at about the same cost. “32 GB flash or a 250 GB hard drive, it costs us manufacturers the same price, so why should you have to pay a premium for the extra space?” said Archos’ website. That’s practically about 8 times more data than that of standard tablets today.
Needless to say, the bigger storage capacity means you can store more photos, videos, movies, songs, and E-books. And yeah, more apps from the Android Market and third-party sources, too.
The Archos 80 G9, on the other hand, uses flash storage. Because of this, its thickness differs only by about 3 millimeters from the Archos 101 G9. The Archos 80 G9 is lighter, too, at 450 grams. The slightly thicker and slightly heavier design of the Archos 101 G9 is a necessary trade-off for its use of a 2.5-inch hard drive that is 7-millimeters thin.
Archos said they decided to put 1.5-GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 processors on the upcoming tablets to give the tablets “50% more raw computational power” than what other tablets can give with 1-GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors. The company thinks that bigger processing power is necessary to give Archos tablet users a smooth and seamless experience of Android 3.1 Honeycomb, which is the operating system of choice for the Archos G9 family.
The G9 tablets also allow you to use either Wi-Fi or 3G without buying different models. Archos makes this possible by providing a 3G stick solution, which can be plugged into a standard USB port on the tablet and can also be used on a desktop or laptop. When inserted into the USB port on the underside of the Archos tablet, the 3G stick integrates slickly into the design and does not protrude. The 3G stick is sold separately and costs about US$70.
The smaller tablet–the Archos 80 G9–is the more portable one targeted for users heavy on web browsing, Ebook reading, and news reading. It has an 8-inch screen with a 4:3 screen ratio and a resolution of 1024×768. The Archos 101 G9, on the other hand, is an entertainment powerhouse targeted at users who want a full Honeycomb experience. It has a 10.1-inch screen with a 16:10 screen ratio and a display resolution of 1280×600. Both tablets also include an HDMI port for hi-definition playback on larger screens and monitors.
Archos claims its two upcoming tablets offer the best cost for performance. What do you think?