8 and 10-inch Honeycomb tablets starting at US$300

Archos G9 Android tablets offer 250GB of storage

French manufacturer Archos has unveiled a pair of new third generation G9 Android tablets in 8 and 10-inch sizes.

Both the Archos 80 G9 and the Archos 101 G9 are powered by a TI OMAP4 dual-core processor running Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

The 8-inch Archos 80 G9 will arrive later this week worldwide with an expected retail price around $299. Substantially less expensive than previous Android Honeycomb tablets, this version is clocked at 1GHz and has 8GB of flash storage.

A ‘Turbo’ version will appear in October priced at $329 which will have the same OMAP4 dual core processor but clocked at 1.5GHz and will also double the flash storage to 16GB.

Interestingly Archos is also planning a version with a 250GB Seagate Momentus hard drive mated with 4GB of flash with a projected price of $369.

The 10-inch Archos 101 G9 runs at 1.5GHz out of the gate and will also arrive in October, packing 16GB of flash, priced at around $399. A similarly HD equipped alternative will go for $469.

Both tablets are equipped with GPS, 720p front camera, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and a built-in kickstand. Both tablets will play video for 7 hours or browse the web for up to 10 hours.

Rather than produce models with and without 3G, Archos are taking the approach of offering a USB device called the G9 3G Stick which will add-on 3G capability for those users that want it.

Correction: The G9 3G stick resides in a compartment rather than sticking out the side as previously suggested. Thanks to reader Paul for pointing that out.

Archos has a web page with more info here.

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