Archos brings dual-core, 1.5GHz tablets to market starting at $279

Posted on Jun 23 2011 - 2:38pm by Mike Wewerka

Did you hear that? A bomb has just been dropped on the Android tablet market and hopefully will make some ripples to the big guys out there. Archos has just announced two very impressive, at least on paper, tablets that will be running Honeycomb. Introducing the Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9 (awful names, I know) two tablets that will be rocking TI’s OMAP 4 processor, which is dual-core and running at a blistering 1.5GHz and both will support a 250GB Seagate harddrive.

Want some prices? How about $279 for the 80 G9, which is an 8″ tablet with 1024×768 (4:3) or if you want a bigger tablet, the 101 G9 is a 10.1″ tablet with 1280×800 display (16:9) and will only run you $349. That’s $50 bucks less than the impressive Asus Transformer.

If you didn’t think it could get any sweeter, think again. Both devices can use Archos’ new 3G stick, which when plugged into the tablets turn the “wifi only” devices into 3G “pay-as-you-go” tablets.

Both devices will be available around September.

Now, the question remains, will these devices be made like crap or will they actually hold up and offer users a great alternative to high-end models like the XOOM and Galaxy Tab 10.1. I have to say I’m a little worried that these could be all hype, but we’ll wait to get some hands on before making a decision.