Archos has unveiled what it has called the world’s fastest tablets, which feature dual-core 1.5 GHz processors and a 250GB Seagate hard drive.
Archos unveiled a pair of Android tablets in Paris last night which combine super-fast processing power and large storage capacity. The company unveiled two models in the G9 range, the 8in G9 80 and the 10.1in G9 101. Both models are powered by the OMAP 4 platform featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor humming along at 1.5GHz. This is combined with the possibility of having a 250GB Seagate Momentus Thin HDD inside. What effect this will have on the battery life remains to be seen. Both models, which will be available in September, will ship with Android 3.1, which is obviously tablet-specific, but comes only a few months before Ice-Cream Sandwich is due to arrive and could make these look obsolete – though the possibility of updates is always there.
Archos has also done away with the need to choose between a Wi-Fi only model and a 3G model. Combining the G9 tablets with the Archos 3G Stick lets you get 3G connectivity – via a concealed USB port – whenever you like, just as you can do with a laptop. The smaller G9 80 comes with a 4:3 screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 while the larger G9 101 boasts a 16:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1280 x 1080 to allow you watch full HD video. Archos claims the G9 series are the only tablets able to decode 1080p h.264 High Profile videos whilst current standard tablets are not even able to play 720p H264 High Profile smoothly. All standard Android multimedia apps will be replaced with Archos app to take advantage of this processing grunt. There is also an HDMI-out port to let you watch movies on a big screen.
Both models will be on show at the IFA trade show in Germany in September, where we’ll get a closer look and they will go on sale later that month. The G9 80 will go on sale for $349 while the G9 101 will be priced at $499 which is very competitive considering the speedy processors and huge hard drives. No UK pricing has been announced yet. The G9s will be the first tablets to have hard drives inside them and we remain to be convinced if this is a good idea, but we will reserve final judgement until we get a chance to test them out.