Archos is known for offering affordable alternatives, but today they've really outdone themselves and most of the competition. They've just unveiled two new Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets---the Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9---that rock some pretty nice specs and possibly the largest on board storage, but slot in at the sub-$350 price range.
The Archos 80 G9 features is the 8-inch version with a 4:3 ratio and 1024 x 768 resolution. The Archos 101 G9 is the 10-inch version with a 16:10 ratio and 1280 x 800 resolution. Inside, the G9 series is powered by Texas Instrument's 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor that Archos touts as 50% faster than NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processors. There's also HDMI output and support for 1080p playback.
But perhaps most impressive is the use of Seagate's HDD with a 250GB capacity that's the largest used on any tablet currently in the market. Archos says its 8 times more storage at the same cost of a standard 32GB tablet and with all that space you can store over 50 hours of full 1080p HD content.
Both tablets are 3G-ready, meaning that there's only one version instead of both a Wi-Fi-only and a 3G/Wi-Fi version. The one version supports Wi-Fi and can also support 3G with the addition of a USB dongle. The Archos G9 3G Stick is designed to fit into the back of all G9 tablets to get 3G connectivity. It costs $49 for the 3G Stick.
The Archos 80 G9 is priced at only $279 while the Archos 101 G9 is priced at $349. Competing tablets with similar specs are generally priced starting at $499. This is quite an amazing deal and its scheduled to arrive by the end of September.