Archos G9 101 and 80 Android Tablet Ranges Detailed

Archos has given us more details on the models set to fill out its new G9 80 and 101 Android tablet ranges. There are not just two products on the cards, but a full eight. Confused? Read on.

All of Archos’s upcoming G9-series tablets undercut the iPad 2, but choosing which one to go for is not a simple problem. The G9 80 and G9 101 don’t represent single products, but whole ranges.

The Classic models offer 8GB of internal memory and 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments processors, and are what the series has launched with. The 8in 80 models is already on sale at Archos’s webstore, and will hit the high street soon. The G9 80 Classic costs £199, while the larger 101 model will set you back £270.

Archos G9 80
The Archos G9 80 – the cheapest way to get Android Honeycomb

Scheduled to launch fairly soon after – well in time for Christmas, Archos tells us – Turbo models will go on sale. These editions cost just £30 more than the Classic, £230 and £300 for the 80 and 101 respectively, but offer 16GB internal memory and a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Here’s where it gets complicated, though. The Turbo model will get an update in early 2012, a bump up from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz, once the new Texas Instruments processor becomes available. As this will apparently not come with a matching bump up in price, it may be worth waiting.Archos 101
Bigger, better, more bad-ass? Meet the Archos G9 101

The models that really set the G9 80 and 101 apart from the Android tablet crowd, though, are the hard drive editions. They offer 250GB storage, but the Android OS itself is kept on flash memory – to ensure to loss of speed. The G9 80 costs £260 while the top-end model 101 is £330.

We’ll be back with a full review of the 8GB Archos G9 101 soon. If it has you holding off buying an iPad 2, drop us your thoughts in the comments below.

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