Archos has announced that its G9 series of slate–available in either an 8- or 10-inch size with various storage capacities–will be shipping this September starting at just $300, which is lower than the $400 base price of the popular Android Honeycomb-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The two models, the 8-inch Archos G9 80 and the 10-inch Archos G9 101, will both pack a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor clocked at a whopping 1.5 GHz per core, and will come in either a base 8 GB storage configuration or a more capacious 250 GB HDD option. As Archos is a multimedia-based company that makes mobile products, the more spacious hard drive options will be geared at those who intend on taking videos and other entertainment files on the go.
The 8 GB G9 80 will begin at $300 while the base 8 GB G9 101 starts at $370. The hard drive options will cost more.
These tablets will support Android Honeycomb, and as always, Archos devices promise compatibility with more video file codecs so you’ll be able to watch almost any video file format on your G9 slates without having to worry about converting those files to more standard MP4 or H.264 formats.
While the G9 slates will come with a Netflix HD compatible ARM-based OMAp4 processor from Netflix, these slates will not come with the video streaming service’s app pre-installed, though hopefully it will be available as an optional download post-purchase.
The tablets will be WiFi-only. Users can add 3G mobile broadband connectivity–HSPA–through an optional dongle that connects to the tablet. Unfortunately, the modular nature of integrated mobile broadband would mean that adding 3G won’t be as seamless as the iPad WiFi+3G model, but it’s an option for those who prefer not to tether or be fixed to a hotspot.
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