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IFA 2011 | Archos shows off 101 G9, 80 G9 Honeycomb Slates

Archos does it again with two value-for-money tablets unveiled during this IFA

In a tablet world mostly dominated by the likes of Samsung and Apple, Archos has exhibited some nice pieces at the IFA 2011 - two Android Honeycomb tablet.

The Archos 101 G9 Honeycomb and 80 G9 both run Android 3.2 and have screen sizes of 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 and 8.9-inch 1024 × 768 multi-touch, respectively. The devices are powered by an ARM Cortex A9 4 OMAP 1GHz dual-core processor each that well not a lot of people come to like in the RIM Playbook and possibly in the upcoming Ice-cream Sandwich powered Nexus Prime, providing the proper use of the operating system and applications.

What begs to differ in the G9 101 and the 80 to the competition are the hard drive and optional 3G specific. Unlike tablets with only Solid State drives, these optionally have a 250GB hard drive (HDD), while the options are 8GB and 16GB SSD. A 3G SIM card option is on the top of the slates. It can be connected to and used with a laptop or other computer with a USB port. That makes for a pretty good collection of I/O ports! If that’s not enough, there are micro HDMI and USB host port and a micro SD card slot, all in the upper side. For wireless connection, you have the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Laptoping found that the 101 and 80 are thicker than those announced by Toshiba and Samsung, but the construction is solid. To help you using it without holding, there is also a kickstand on both devices, a feature already used in previous generations Archos tablets.

The G9 101 starts at 300 euros (about $423), which is the price for an 8 GB version, while the 16GB and 250GB models are priced at 350 and 400 euros. With the same storage, his younger brothers will cost 250, 280 and 330 euros respectively.

The smaller G9 80 should be available in October and 101 will follow shortly thereafter.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-09- 6 (Update: 2012-05-26)