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Archos changes price on 80 and 101 G9 tablets

Archos G9 tablets receive price change prior to September launch

Price changes before a device launches are never much fun, especially since they usually tend to be in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, Archos seems to be going down that path, as the company has opted to raise prices on their 80 and 101 G9 tablets that were announced only last month.

Upon their introduction, the entry models had a starting price of $279 and $349 for the 8” 80 G9 and 10” 101 G9 respectively. However, that no longer seems to be the case, as Archos has upped the price along with unveiling a bit more details about the different versions of the tablets.

Now it looks like the “fastest tablets on earth” can be equipped with either a 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 CPU or its lesser brother the 1.0 GHz OMAP 4430. In addition, the tablets can be outfitted with either 8GB or 16GB of Flash storage instead of the 250GB Seagate Momentus Thin HDD that set the devices apart from their other Android peers.

 As far as the new pricing scheme goes, it is as follows:

  • 80 G9 with 8GB of storage and 1.0 GHz CPU- $299.99
  • 80 G9 with 16GB of storage and 1.5 GHz CPU- $329.99
  • 80 G9 with 250GB HDD and 1.5GHz OMAP CPU- $369.99
  • 101 G9 with 8GB of storage and 1.0 GHz OMAP CPU- $369.99
  • 101 G9 with 16GB of storage and 1.0 GHz OMAP CPU- $399.99
  • 101 G9 with 250GB HDD and 1.5 GHz OMAP CPU- $469.99 


Though it’s interesting to see that the 16GB version of the 101 G9 can’t be coupled with the more powerful OMAP 4460, Archos could have decided that the combination just wasn’t feasible. In any case, we’re hoping that Archos comes clean with regards to the reason behind the pricing change, but we won’t be holding our breath.



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Omar Qudsi, 2011-07-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)