June 23, 2011 | by Tony Price
Archos announced two new Android Honeycomb tablets, which it touts as the world’s fastest. The new devices are packing some impressive specifications, including a 1.5 GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor and 250 GB of Seagate powered HDD space. Archos reports that the new G9 tablets will come in 8.0-inch, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, and 10.1-inch, with a 1280 x 800, versions.
Bucking the trend of Archos’ earlier tablets, these new Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets will have complete support for the Google Mobile suite of apps and the Android Market. The G9 series also come standard with Adobe Flash for Android and pre-loaded apps like Aldiko, Angry Birds, Evernote, and more.
Archos is also advertising the unique solution for 3G with their new tablets. Instead of making the consumer choose between Wi-Fi and 3G versions, they will be offering a solution using a USB 3G stick. The stick will plug into a port on the tablet itself, allowing you to connect to 3G. The 3G offered through the specialized USB keys is a Pay-As-You-Go plan.
Archos announced pricing for its tablets, which are very relatively affordable. The 8.0-inch version will start at $279, while the 10.1-inch tablet will start at $349. Combined with the previously mentioned Pay-As-You-Go 3G solution, these will easily be the most affordable Android tablets to date.
The tablets are stated to launch at the end of September, and will be shown at the IFA conference in Berlin earlier that month. If they will still be the ‘fastest tablets in the world’ at the time of launch is yet to be seen. Until then, we have promise of an affordable Android tablet to look forward to.