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
- 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)
- Etc., etc., etc.
- Check out the impressive full list of tech specs for the 101.
- Retail $469 US
- Google Talk with video chat
- 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.
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.