Archos has gone on an unveiling spree, with announcements of two new Honeycomb (version 3.1) tablets, and a Froyo tablet that sets the bar as low as it can go in terms of price, squeaking in at less than $100.
Starting at the top, there’s the Archos 101 G9, the biggest and most expensive of the three tablets Archos has unveiled this week. That’s not saying much, at least in terms of expense, and at $349 the 101 G9 is still less costly than most other tablet PCs currently available.
The 101 G9 will feature a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, dual-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, 250GB HDD, and full-size USB port. It will also run the most updated version of Honeycomb currently available with Android 3.1, although a new version of Honeycomb (Android 3.2) and Ice Cream Sandwich should be available around or before the G9 series is released.
Archos 80 G9
The 80 G9 will be very similar to its big brother above, just trim down the screen size to 8-inches and scale back the resolution to 1024 x 768, and there you have it. Both the 80 G9 and 101 G9 will have access to the Android Market, and should start selling in late September.
Measuring 7-inches and weighing in at a lean 12 ounces is Archos’ final contender, the Arnova 7. This little guy will not be featuring the latest and greatest hardware, or software, or anything notable at all really, except for its price tag.
The Arnova 7 will cost less than a nice night out; it will cost less than a lot of pairs of shoes; it will cost less than a $100 gift certificate to Home Depot. The Arnova 7 is one of the cheapest tablets going, with an MSRP of $99.
In terms of its less-than-notable specs, the Arnova 7 will feature Android 2.2 (Froyo), a 7-inch resistive touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution, and 4GB of flash memory. Archos did not provide details on the device’s processor or external ports. The Arnova 7 will not have access to the Android market, instead working with the AppsLib store. A release date has yet to be announced.