By now, it’s reasonably clear that tablets are here to stay. It is also apparent that Android based tablets are doing well. Archos has launched its 101 G9 tablet that runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system.
It is powered by Texas Instruments’ 1GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor and apparently, a 1.5GHz processor is expected by early 2012. The 10.1 inch capacitive screen delivers a native resolution of 1280×1080 pixels.
Archos seems to be focusing on two value propositions to boost demand. The first is its price, which is a potentially disruptive £270 for the 8GB version. The 16GB version, called the Archos 101 G9 Turbo, is likely to be launched early in the New Year; its pricing is as yet unknown, although it is expected to be around £320.
The second prong to Archos’ strategy is its focus on media playback. The Archos 101 G9 has 250 GB additional memory built in the form of a traditional hard drive. This will allow the tablet to store many more movies than any other tablet currently can.
The Archos 101 G9 only offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, apart from Archos’ proprietary 3GB USB dongle, which allows you to connect it to your PC or TV.
Archos G9 tablets will have access to Android Market, which has more than 250,000 apps you can download from. That includes games, news, tools and other widgets. It will also have access to Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Google Talk with video chat.