ARCHOS Unveils G9 Series 1.5Ghz Dual-core Android Tablets with Up to 250GB of Storage


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Got to hand it to ARCHOS for trying and successfully differentiating themselves from the pack. ARCHOS just unveiled two new tablets — the 8-inch (4:3) ARCHOS 80 G9 and 10.1-inch (16:10) ARCHOS 101 G9 – that offers the fastest processor, the highest storage capacity, and the most capable graphics (full 1080p H.264 video playback) out of any tablet currently on the market. What’s more, the price points for the G9 tablets are almost hard to believe. The 8-inch model starts at $249 and the 10.1-inch model starts at $349. Not bad for a Android Honeycomb powered tablet sporting the screaming fast 1.5Ghz OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments (supposedly 50% faster than NVIDIA’s current Tegra 2 processor).

Interesting fact: the 250GB hard drive ARCHOS is using (smaller Flash-based models will also be available) is Seagate’s new 7mm thick “Momentus” 2.5-inch HDD. ARCHOS states that a tablet with this drive can last for 7 hours when watching video and up to 10 hours when just surfing the ‘net. Guess we’ll see how true that is when they actually ship. Oh, and 3G connectivity isn’t a model option… it’s $49 dongle accessory you can purchase and install into any of the tablets. Nice! ETA: September 2011.

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Tech Specs

Display characteristics • 8”: 1024 x 768
• 10.1”: 1280 x 800
Application Framework • Android
Processor • ARM dual-core CORTEX A9 OMAP4 1.5 GHz
• 3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
Capacity • Flash Memory: 16 GB* + microSD Slot (SDHC compatible)
• HDD memory: 250 GB*
Video Playback1 • MPEG-4 HD (up to 1080p)
• MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
• H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 1080p)
• WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 1080p) 

With optional plug-in:
• Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV

Audio Playback1 • MP3
• WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
• WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
• AAC3, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis
• FLAC 

With optional software plug-in:
• AC3 5.1

Photo viewer4 • JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles • .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported
Webcam • 720p front camera with 720p encoding
Interfaces • USB slave: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (Micro USB/USB Host cable sold separately)
• microSD (SDHC compatible)
• HDMI output6 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Communication protocols • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
• Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
Miscellaneous • Built-in GPS
• Built-in speakers
• G-sensor
• Vibrator
• Compass
• Built-in kick stand
• Built-in Microphone
Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Dimensions & weight • ARCHOS 80 G9 Flash series: 226 mm x 155.3 mm x 11.7 mm (8.90 x 6.11 x 0.46 inch) – 465g (17 oz)
• ARCHOS 80 G9 Hard Drive series: 226 mm x 155.3 mm x 14.7 mm (8.90 x 6.11 x 0.58 inch) – 599g (21.9 oz) 

• ARCHOS 101 G9 Flash series: 276 mm x 167.3 mm x 12.6 mm (10.86 x 6.59 x 0.50 inch) – 649g (23.8 oz)
• ARCHOS 101 G9 Hard Drive series: 276 mm x 167.3 mm x 15.6 mm (10.86 x 6.59 x 0.61 inch) – 755g (27.7 oz)

Battery life • Music playback time7: up to 36 hrs
• Video playback time7: up to 7 hrs
• Internet navigation time 7: up to 10 hrs
Scalability7 • Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
• Updates can also be downloaded at www.archos.com
Minimum system requirements • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista, XP or higher
• Mac OS. X with Android Transfer Files application (not included)
• Linux with android MTP tool (not included)
• USB 2.0 interface
* 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity is less.
1/ Certain bitrates, resolutions, and/or file variations may not be compatible.
2/ MPEG-4 ASP@L6 (MPEG-4: ISO standard by Moving Picture Experts Group) without GMC.
3/ Does not read AAC protected files.
4/ Certain resolutions and file sizes may not be compatible.
5/ Not all Google applications are available in all countries
6/ External video output disabled for Macrovision®-protected contents.
7/ Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. Test run with low backlight.

 




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  • http://twitter.com/stepanov Michael Stepanov

    Nice device. But personally I prefer to have everything built-in, i.e. 3G. Because using dongles is not so comfortable. When some accessory
    sticks out you may damage it and table easily.

  • http://twitter.com/agrundner Alexander Grundner

    The 3G stick actually integrates *into* the hardware – see:
    http://www.archos.com/products/gen9/feat_3g_ready.html?country=us&lang=en