Archos, the Paris-based manufacturer of mobile devices and media players, has officially confirmed that it will launch new Android-powered, dual-core tablets on Sept. 20. The G9 slates, which were previewed earlier this year, will include an 8-inch model (ARCHOS 80 G9) for $299 with 1GHz processor, or $329 for 1.5GHz and a 10-inch (ARCHOS 101 G9) at only $399, which Archos claims is the first to come in under the $400 price point.
Could this be the start of the big price war we alluded to last week, when Lenovo announced their 7-inch A1 Android Tablet?
In keeping with Archos tradition, the units will be available with flash and hard drive storage.
For an extra $40 on the 8-inch tablet you get a 250GB drive, whopping by tablet standards, and more in line with what we’re accustomed to seeing on laptops. The option on the larger display model is an additional $70. These things positively scream multimedia machine. Streaming who?!
Archos indicated that the base G9 will be available online and at a handful of retailers including HH Gregg, Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Brandsmart and Electronic Express on September 30, 2011.
ARCHOS 80 G9 8″ Honeycomb Tablet
Android Honeycomb 3.2 tablet
OMAP 4 processor (1.5GHz) or ARM Cortex dual-core A9 (1 GHz)
ARCHOS 80 G9 8GB – 1 GHZ at $299
ARCHOS 80 G9 16GB – 1.5 GHz at $329
ARCHOS 80 G9 250GB – 1.5 GHz at $369
ARCHOS 101 G9 10″ Honeycomb Tablet
ARM Cortex dual-core A9 (1 GHz)
ARCHOS 101 G9 16GB – 1.5 GHz at $399
ARCHOS 101 G9 250GB – 1.5 GHz at $469