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October 2011 To Bring The Best Gaming Tablet Yet

Possibly.  It is at least a serious contender.  All gaming systems require a few vital things: speed, great video, memory and plenty of storage for all of your games.  In the world of Android tablets, these elements are usually in short supply, especially at a reasonable price.  Archos is trying to change that with their G9 Android tablets.

The entry-level Archos G9 tablets will start hitting stores worldwide on September 30th, 2011 (available for pre-order on September 20th) with the following configuration: Archos 80 G9

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 8 GB flash storage
  • Retail price of $299 US
Be aware that the 80 has an 8 inch screen that has a 4:3 aspect ratio and is capacitive multi-touch,  and the gamer flagship “Turbo” 101 will not be available until October.  With the following luscious specs, it should be worth the wait.  The sexy “Turbo” Archos 101 G9 has:

  • OMAP 4 dual-core processor up to 1.5 GHz
  • 10.1 inch multi-touch widescreen (four point)
  • Android Honeycomb 3.2  with Android Market
  • Adobe Flash 10.3 support
  • 1080p HD video with HDMI out for mirrored output
  • Storage capacity of 250GB
  • Built-in GPS, compass and G-sensor
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • HD front camera (720p encoding)
  • Microphone
  • Kickstand
  • Etc., etc., etc.
  • Check out the impressive full list of tech specs for the 101.
  • Retail $469 US

Archos G9 tablets also come with a suite of Google mobile applications including:

  • Google Talk with video chat
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps with Street View and Navigation
  • Google Calendar (beta)

With 250 GB to store games and media, you have to wonder what formats are supported.  Well, just about every format is supported.

To get the best multimedia experience on the G9 tablets Archos have replaced the standard Android multimedia apps with the Archos multimedia app suite: 12 years of multimedia experience distilled into Video, Music and Photo apps. Able to decode Full HD (H.264 HP, 1080p) videos and with massive codec, format and subtitle support – the days of converting video are over.

See the full list of supported formats and codecs

Plus the 250 GB storage is a hybrid configuration to save battery life.

 “Wanting to give users the best of both worlds, Archos paired the Seagate Momentous Thin hard drive with a dedicated 4GB flash caching system. This Archos engineered hybrid solution offered on all Archos G9 hard drive tablets is designed to limit spinning and to keep the drive powered down when not in use, which will protect it when on the go as well as preserve battery life.”

The dual-core 1.5 GHz G9 series will be available in stores and online in October with the following recommended retail price:

  • Archos 80 G9 16GB  – 1.5 GHz at $329
  • Archos 80 G9 250GB – 1.5 GHz at $369
  • Archos 101 G9 16GB – 1.5 GHz at $399
  • Archos 101 G9 250GB – 1.5 GHz at $469

All of the G9 tablets are also upgradable to 3G connectivity by simply plugging in the Archos 3G Stick.

Plus – they all come with Angry Birds pre-loaded so you can immediately start taking down those smug little egg-stealing pigs.

For more details on the Archos G9 tablets visit www.archos.com or follow Archos on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • TG

    They look cheap.

  • TG

    They look cheap.

  • Disciple027

    The Archos might be decent at gaming, but the Sony Tablet S will be a far superior tablet for gaming. It will be Playstation certified, have the Playtation Store built in, and will be able to play PS One games. Plus it will be able to play anything on the Android store, which is the only source of games that the Archos will have available to it, plus the specs of the Archos vs the Sony Tablet S are fairly identical.

  • Disciple027

    The Archos might be decent at gaming, but the Sony Tablet S will be a far superior tablet for gaming. It will be Playstation certified, have the Playtation Store built in, and will be able to play PS One games. Plus it will be able to play anything on the Android store, which is the only source of games that the Archos will have available to it, plus the specs of the Archos vs the Sony Tablet S are fairly identical.

    • Guest

      You forgot to mention the comparable Sony tablet is 100 dollars more.. I would it would be a bit better….

    • Guest

      You forgot to mention the comparable Sony tablet is 100 dollars more.. I would it would be a bit better….

      • Guest

         meant to say..” i would hope it would be better..”

      • Guest

         meant to say..” i would hope it would be better..”

  • Its interesting to know success and growth of tablet.I came to know certain new things from this post.I believe that its quite hard job to stick with a success. Good Write up man.

  • Its interesting to know success and growth of tablet.I came to know certain new things from this post.I believe that its quite hard job to stick with a success. Good Write up man.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest this tablet is doing nothing more than all existing tablets already do. For a Android tablet its pretty basic, dual core, A9/OMAP4 and no specialized (or even listed) video game. For the price its no bargain and it has nothing a phone doesnt.

    There is no special controls, features, or anything else to make this the best gaming tablet yet. And to be honest Android is hardly the ideal gaming platform. The iPad 2 or iPhone 4 are both much better choices for gaming, they may be more expensive but the selection of software is unmatched.

    • #1 apple fan

      Actually while the iOS app store on iphone and ipad has more overall apps, the android market has more games.
      Not to mention that the iPad 2 has a much much slower processor and has vastly inferior video processing capabilities (It’s too early for any benchmarks on the G9’s yet because they haven’t even been released, not to mention that apple doesn’t allow benchmarking apps on they’re app store that compare to non-apple devices, but the highest quality video the iPad 2 can handle is [email protected]:disqus t 30fps, whereas the G9 can play 1080 at 60 while outputting the image via HDMI and streaming the video over LAN)
      Not to mention that you can have up to 250GB with the G9 and only 64GB with the iPad, and the 64 iPad costs twice as much as the 250GB G9.

      As much as I’m a huge fan of apple and the iPad 2, they just can’t keep up.
      I regret buying mine.

    • #1 apple fan

      Actually while the iOS app store on iphone and ipad has more overall apps, the android market has more games.
      Not to mention that the iPad 2 has a much much slower processor and has vastly inferior video processing capabilities (It’s too early for any benchmarks on the G9’s yet because they haven’t even been released, not to mention that apple doesn’t allow benchmarking apps on they’re app store that compare to non-apple devices, but the highest quality video the iPad 2 can handle is [email protected]:disqus t 30fps, whereas the G9 can play 1080 at 60 while outputting the image via HDMI and streaming the video over LAN)
      Not to mention that you can have up to 250GB with the G9 and only 64GB with the iPad, and the 64 iPad costs twice as much as the 250GB G9.

      As much as I’m a huge fan of apple and the iPad 2, they just can’t keep up.
      I regret buying mine.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest this tablet is doing nothing more than all existing tablets already do. For a Android tablet its pretty basic, dual core, A9/OMAP4 and no specialized (or even listed) video game. For the price its no bargain and it has nothing a phone doesnt.

    There is no special controls, features, or anything else to make this the best gaming tablet yet. And to be honest Android is hardly the ideal gaming platform. The iPad 2 or iPhone 4 are both much better choices for gaming, they may be more expensive but the selection of software is unmatched.

  • Quasitraveler

    The G8 does have a multi-touch screen.

    • You are correct.  My apologies. See my full comments above.

    • You are correct.  My apologies. See my full comments above.

  • Quasitraveler

    The G8 does have a multi-touch screen.

  • Tech Corrections

    You have some false information there platformnation.
    the 8GB 1GHz G9 that was released today DOES have a multitouch screen, I verified this with archos and it’s even listed on their website.

    • My mistake.  It has been corrected in the post. 

      I got this information about the lack of multi-touch on the 80 via info from the IFA show in Berlin.  Several articles and videos from the show point out that the 80 has a “touchscreen” and the 101 has a “multi-touch screen”.

      (Example: http://news.softpedia.com/news/IFA-2011-Hands-On-With-Archos-G9-Tablets-220069.shtml)  

      This misunderstanding may be the result of the wording on the product cards at the show (visible in many of the hands-on videos) where the 80 states “Touch Screen” and the 101 states specifically it is multi-touch.  When viewed side by side it implies that the 80 is not a multi-touch device. Both display cards can be seen in this video: http://www.viddler.com/explore/es_engadget/videos/529/

      In any case, I apologize to Archos and the readers for getting it wrong.  Thank you for bringing the mistake to our attention.

    • My mistake.  It has been corrected in the post. 

      I got this information about the lack of multi-touch on the 80 via info from the IFA show in Berlin.  Several articles and videos from the show point out that the 80 has a “touchscreen” and the 101 has a “multi-touch screen”.

      (Example: http://news.softpedia.com/news/IFA-2011-Hands-On-With-Archos-G9-Tablets-220069.shtml)  

      This misunderstanding may be the result of the wording on the product cards at the show (visible in many of the hands-on videos) where the 80 states “Touch Screen” and the 101 states specifically it is multi-touch.  When viewed side by side it implies that the 80 is not a multi-touch device. Both display cards can be seen in this video: http://www.viddler.com/explore/es_engadget/videos/529/

      In any case, I apologize to Archos and the readers for getting it wrong.  Thank you for bringing the mistake to our attention.

  • Tech Corrections

    You have some false information there platformnation.
    the 8GB 1GHz G9 that was released today DOES have a multitouch screen, I verified this with archos and it’s even listed on their website.

  • TabTrotter

    ” All gaming systems require a few vital things: speed, great video, ***memory*** and plenty of storage  ”

    To my understanding it only has 512M memory,
    I wonder what the net affects would be.

  • TabTrotter

    ” All gaming systems require a few vital things: speed, great video, ***memory*** and plenty of storage  ”

    To my understanding it only has 512M memory,
    I wonder what the net affects would be.