Archos G9 with stand

Archos 101 G9

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 G9 tablet range

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

Archos G9 with stand