Archos G9 8″ and 10.1″ tablets will be the cheapest tablets you will find this year.
The Archos G9 80 and 101 slates will be the world’s cheapest Honeycomb tablets when they go on sale – and the first with mechanical hard drives too.
The 8-inch and 10.1 inch Archos G9 Android tablets will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and will be the first from the company to come with Google certification, meaning Android Market access. They’ll run on dual-core 1.5GHz processors from Texas Instruments, we understand, and will decode 1080p HD video, and play all the video formats Archos is known for supporting – HDMI-out will also be included.
Unusually, both models will sport 250GB hard drives from Seagate. That’ll give them far more storage than rivals, but it’s likely it’ll make them rather chunky as well, in order to house all the moving parts. Archos has not revealed the dimensions. 3G option will be available via seperate dongle.
Prices start at $320 (1175 AED) for the 8-inch model, and just $400 (1470 AED) for the 10.1-inch number, drastically undercutting both the iPad 2 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which both hover just under $640 (2350 AED). Sadly, the pair won’t be on show until IFA in September, and not on sale until several weeks after that.