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Archos ships G9 tablets to US from September 20 in price war

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Thu September 15, 2011

Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 priced and dated for US

Archos commmitted itself to the US launch of its first truly native Android tablets on Thursday with release details for the 80 G9 and 101 G9. The unique eight-inch 80 G9 will be the first and ship September 20 for $299 with Android 3.2, making it one of the least expensive Android 3 tablets in the US. The entry version has a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor and a light 8GB of storage.

The remaining models in Archos' line will all ship in October. Two more 80 G9 models will ship with 1.5GHz processors at $329 for 16GB of space and $369 for the 250GB hard drive edition. Two of the 10.1-inch 101 G9 models will be available, a 1.5GHz 16GB version starting at $399 and a 250GB version for $469.

Both sizes are Archos' first to have full Android Market support instead of having to use aftermarket stores and are the first to implement rotating hard drives instead of pure flash; the 250GB models use a Seagate Momentus Thin with a 4GB flash cache to avoid the delays associated with spinning up the drive. The 80 G9 is also rare in Android for using a 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPad's instead of rigidly following the 16:9 ratio set by Google.

Android tablets have only just begun to undercut the iPad in price and usually have to do so through lower build quality and reduced features. The Archos tablets may not necessarily counter Apple in quality but will be much less expensive and create problems for Acer, ASUS, and others that focus on price first.







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  1. SockRolid

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    Is Archos still mad?

    They lost the MP3 player market to Apple. Big time. I wonder if they're still sore.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    @SockRolid

    Is your advice to license iOS - because Apple doesn't license iOS.
    Is your advice they close up shop and commit corporate suicide? Because that would make you "mad."

    No, what they plan to do, is continue their profitable operations.

    But anyway lets put fanboyism aside for a moment.

    Archos must do their best, competitively speaking, and I believe they have not accomplished that with a stock Android 3.2.

    Frankly Android is better when its customized with an overlay like HTC Sense.

    The standard Android UI makes bad choices in user interface design. When you are at the home screen and you press the home button - what happens?

    On iOS -it opens up a search screen.
    In HTC Sense - it opens up a screen chooser - basically a one screen look at what is on the carousel.

    on stock Android - you get a blue bar indicating that you pressed the wrong button.

    WTF - Google - who told you slapping the user in the face made for a great user experience.

    Frankly stock Android 3.2 is garbage.

    But Sense is quite usable. The same might be true for TouchWiz, except Samsun unnecessarily and uncooly aped Apple's look - totally unnecessary. HTC proves that you can have a nice UI that doesn't insult the user - and not copy Apple.

    Going with stock is a mistake - any Android tablet can run the Android apps - and running apps is the main thing you want - but to distinguish yourself, you need a good overlay that makes Android pleasant.

    Unfortunately HTC's tablets aren't price competitive, so - the elusive 'hit all the points right' Android tablet, still hasn't been released - by anyone.

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