Archos 80 and 101 G9 Turbo 1.5 GHz Available Now In USby Jason Inofuentes on March 19, 2012 5:09 PM EST
Quick update, to the Archos news we've had rolling lately. US buyers can now pick up the Archos G9 Turbo line of tablets at their promised 1.5 GHz; the US store is now offering the 8" and 10.1" variants for $269 and $329 respectively, with 8GB of NAND on board. These TI OMAP 4460 powered tablets will be our first chance to see what kind of performance can be wrung out of OMAP 4 when pushed to their fastest clock speed. It'll also be curious to see how this new speed affects battery life. The 101 G9 Turbo is also available for $369 with a 250GB HDD, giving you more media storage than you find on some notebooks these days. The specs on this line are impressive when you consider just how much less these tablets are than their competition, many of whom still don't have Android 4.0. We'll have a full review as soon as we can, in the meanwhile prospective buyers should follow the links to the Archos store.
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nismotigerwvu - Monday, March 19, 2012 - linkIt should be mentioned that these units are shipping with 1 gig of ram as opposed to the 512 megs the older 1.2 and 1.0 ghz units shipped with.
sakanagai - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - linkThe older units did ship with 1GB of RAM. There was an issue with the Honeycomb kernel that left them with only 512MB usable. The ICS update granted access to all 1GB.
Kamen75 - Monday, March 19, 2012 - linkI'm really liking the Archos 80 w/flash memory @$269. An 8-inch screen at a 4:3 ratio would be a fantastic size. I also like that Archos devices have the ability to play back a wide selection of media formats. The Archos 80 has HDMI out so you could use it as a portable htpc and it supports USB host mode for attaching keyboards, external HDD's, and thumb drives ect. Pop a 32gb microsd card in this and you would have a awesome tablet at about the $300 price point. To bad Windows 8, Android 5.0, A15 soc's and 22nm based intel tablets are only about 6 month's out. I will have to save my pennies for a while longer as I expect a W8 22nm Ivy bridge tablet to be damn salty.
vision33r - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - linkWhen Amazon and other Amazon tabs are competing for sub $200 this unknown brand to Americans want $269.
When Americans find out that iPads can be gotten used for $200 and iPad 2 refurbs for $349 this thing is not gonna move unless it hits $149.
That's the problem with the Android competition, it's a fight for the cheapest.
Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - linklolwut?
Archos is not an especially unknown brand; their schtick is compatibility with a wide range of different media formats, which is why the idea of having one with a 250GB HD is intriguing. I'd say that people looking at these would generally not be interested in buying an iPad and buying into its "walled-garden" approach to media content.
I was considering the 80 G9 Turbo but I bought a cheap tablet and discovered that I don't have use for a tablet in general right now. Moving forward, if I found that I was using the one I bought more frequently, I'd still probably put these Archos models on my short list.
ol1bit - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - linkI have had 3 Archos music players, and thet still work fine! I used the Archos Jukebox 6000 6GB, for years in my 2001 Goldwing, 70 miles a day!
They have open source firmware even, which has expanded some:. http://www.rockbox.org/
Archos has had a variety of video/music player though the years, way before the tablet craze. Check out their history in Wikipidea.