Archos G9 tablets shipping September, priced at $300 and up [Update: Sorry, no pre-installed Netflix app]
July 18, 2011 | by Charles West
Back in June, we reported that Archos was on the verge of delivering two new Android Honeycomb tablets, which Archos touted as the world’s fastest. The new devices we reported on – 8-inch 80 and the 10-inch 101 – packed some impressive specifications, including a 1.5 GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor and 250 GB of Seagate powered HDD space. But what we didn’t know at the time was the launching price for these Honeycomb delights.
Well, guess no more, pricing has been revealed ahead of the September release. The smaller of the two tablets will start out at $299.99 and the slightly larger version of the pair at $369.99 (both 8GB base models). Now, before you frown your face at the 8GB these tablets ship out at — keep in mind that 250GB option of Seagate powered HDD space available for both small and large versions.
These Archos tablets seem very promising, and at these price targets position themselves to reek some havoc on the other manufacturers. The Barnes & Noble Nook Color has found a following from consumers looking for a cheap tablet. Archos delivers a tablet with much better specs and a similar price point.
And oh, the secret weapon may be 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. In my column, I proclaimed the 3G Dongle on Archos G9 tablets a potential game changer.
Since the Archos tablets will be carrying OMAP 4 chips, I wonder if Netflix HD will be pre-installed? Just a thought. What do you guys think? When these tablets are available for pre-order, are you buying? If not, why? As always, please leave your opinions in our comfy comment section below.
UPDATE: Archos, Inc just confirmed to us that the G9 tabs will not come pre-installed with a Netflix HD app. This kind of sucks considering the fact that Netflix will supposedly have a pre-installed app on Lenovo’s K1 tab — which also supports a TI OMAP processor.