The army of Android tablets is about to get bolstered by a few more foot soldiers as Archos readies the launch of its G9 tablets. Each of the four tablets will be led by General Honeycomb (Android 3.2), and each one will come packing a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz or higher. Archos says one of its upcoming tablets -- the G9 Turbo -- will debut as the market's first sub-$400 tablet to tote a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor up to 1.5GHz.
There will be five flavors of G9 tablets to choose from, including:
Archos 80 G9 8GB -- 1GHz: $299
Archos 80 G9 16GB -- 1.5GHz: $329
Archos 80 G9 250GB -- 1.5GHz: $369
Archos 101 G9 16GB -- 1.5GHz: $399
Archos 101 G9 250GB -- 1.5GHz: $469
The Archos 80 G9 will ship with an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1024x768 resolution, and the 101 boasts a 10.1-inch screen. It's easy to tell by the capacities which models will come with flash storage and which ones bring a mechanical hard drive to the storage scene, though Archos says all models with a hard drive will ship with a dedicated 4GB flash caching system.
"This Archos engineered hybrid solution offered on all Archos G9 hard drive tablets is designed to limit spinning and to keep the drive powered down when not in use, which will protect it when on the go as well as preserve battery live," Archos explains.
Look for the G9 series to be available starting September 20, 2011.