Archos is in the Android tablet game a very long time. They did touch screen devices back when they where still called PMPs. Today Archos challenges the Android tablet competition with the Archos G9. The Archos G9 tablet is running on the 1.5Ghz dual-core OMAP 4 CPU from Texas Instruments. Archos claims that the G9 reduces page load itme by 50% compared to Android tablets running on the Tegra 2 CPU at 1Ghz.
Archos is not using SSD in the G9, which allows them to offer the G9 at pretty low pricing and offer more storage for media. The G9 comes as 8-inch and as 10-inch model. Both run on the latest Android 3.1 HoneyComb operating system.
Archos did not forget their media player heritage. Archos G9 tablets are the only tablets able to decode 1080p H264 High Profile videos whilst current standard tablets are not even able to play 720p H264 High Profile smoothly. Archos have replaced the standard multimedia apps with ARCHOS boosted apps for video and music to give to users more format compatibility and a unique user interface. With film and TV series metadata automatically downloaded, even video files are automatically organized by title, actor, director, year, season and episode; ARCHOS have redefined the tablet device category by providing consumers more ways to experience HD entertainment. Archos G9 tablets also feature an HDMI output, giving users full access to their Android experience on TV including movies in 1080p resolution.
While the competitors’ tablets are priced starting at $499, Archos is offering an the 8-inch G9 tablet starting at $279 and 10.1-inch G9 tablet starting $349. As mentioned above, Archos can go that low with the price, because they do not used flash storage. There are going to be also Flash memory storage versions of the G9. The HDD G9 tablets are still not as thick as you would think. The Archos 80 G9 HDD measures 14.7mm and the Archos 101 G1 HDD is 15.6mm thick. The Flash G9 is at 11.7mm and 12.6mm respectively. The Archos is no iPad though. The iPad 2 is only 8.8mm thin.
The Archos G9 will launch at the end of September and will debut at the IFA 2011. Not sure why they announced it already now.