ARCHOS announced last week the prices and availability of its ARCHOS 80 G9 and ARCHOS 101 G9 tablets.  The first ARCHOS G9 tablet will be available for pre-order online starting on September 20.

The 9th-generation (G9) Archos tablets come in two screen sizes: 8.0 inches and 10.1 inches.  Several variants of the tablets have different processor clock speeds and storage types/capacities.  For instance, one variant of the Archos 80 G9 has a 1.0-GHz processor with 8 GB of internal storage and another has a 1.5-GHz processor with 16 GB or 250 GB of internal storage.

ARCHOS says that the online pre-sale on for the ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet featuring a 1.0-GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor with 8 GB of internal storage  will start on September 20 at a price of US$299.

The same tablet will be available through outlets such as  HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart, and Electronic Express starting on September 30.

The ARCHOS 80 G9 featuring a 1.5-GHz dual-core OMAP 4  processor and 16 GB of storage will be available some time in October with a price of US$329.  The variant with the same processor and a 250-GB Seagate Momentus Thin hard drive will also arrive in October for US$369.

The 10.1-inch variants (ARCHOS 101 G9) of the ARCHOS tablets will also be released in October.  These tablets not only have Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board but also a display resolution of 1280×800 pixels.  The 16-gigabyte and 250-gigabyte models of the ARCHOS 101 G9 will come at expected retail prices of US$399 and US$469, respectively.

ARCHOS has engineered its tablets with a hybrid solution–a pairing of the Seagate Momentus Thin hard drive and a dedicated 4-GB flash caching system–that limits spinning to help speed up data access and conserve battery when not in use.

Its battery life offers up to 36 hours of music playback, 10 hours of Internet browsing, and 7 hours of continuous movie playback.

The ARCHOS G9 tablet’s amazing speed, cheap price, and updated specs make these tablets
worthy potential alternatives not just to the iPad but also to other Android tablets from other manufacturers.

What criteria do you use when shopping for an Android tablet? Do these ARCHOS tablets match all or some of those criteria?