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December 08, 2011

Gen 9 Archos 80, Archos 101 launched, priced

IonTech, local distributor of Archos, has finally launched the generation 9 of their Archos tablets. Both the Android Honeycomb Archos 80 and Archos 101 were presented to the media tonight.

The Archos 80 is the smaller tablet of the two with an 8-inch LCD display and sports a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.

Archos 80 G9
8” LCD display @ 1024×768 pixel resolution
ARM CORTEX A9 OMAP 4 dual-core 1.5 GHz
3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
16GB flash or 250GB HDD
up to 32GB via microSD
720p HD front-camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
micro-USB port
micro-HDMI port
Android Honeycomb 3.2

The 3G dongle at the back is optional and removable (sold separately). It is available in 16GB model and 250GB HDD variant.

On the other hand, the bigger Archos 101 has an LCD display of 10.1-inch (diagonally) and comes with the same dual-core 1.5GHz processor.

Archos 101 G9
10.1” LCD display @ 1024×768
ARM CORTEX A9 OMAP 4 dual-core 1.5GHz
3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
16GB flash
up to 32GB via microSD
720p HD front-camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
micro-USB port
micro-HDMI port
Android Honeycomb 3.2

It’s only available in 16GB flash storage only and upgradeable to 48GB when paired with a 32GB microSD card.

The tablet is about 11.7mm thin on the flash variant and a little thicker at 14.7mm with the HDD variant.

As promised, the Archos Gen 9 tablets will all retail for under Php20k. The Archos 101 16GB Gen 9 has a suggested retail price of Php19,999.

The 16GB Archos 80 Gen 9 will retail for Php16,999 while the 250GB HDD version of the Archos 80 will go for just Php19,999.

The optional 3G dongle is sold separately for Php3,000 and will work on both tablets and even on laptops.

Both the Archos 80 and the Archos 101 Gen 9 tablets are Android 4.0 ICS ready. The units will be available in local stores by next week (though you might spot a few units in selected stores this week).

19 Responses to “Gen 9 Archos 80, Archos 101 launched, priced”

  1. Bryce says:

    Wow. As per Archos Site:

    “As most films and most encoding software use the H.264 High Profile codec for full HD 1080p videos, it’s important to be able to read them smoothly. Although standard nVidiaâ„¢ Tegra 2â„¢ powered tablets are only able to read H.264 High Profile videos at 720p, and even then it’s a choppy experience, ARCHOS G9 tablets with the powerful Texas Instruments OMAPâ„¢ 4 dual-core processor are able to read H.264 High Profile in Full HD 1080p smoothly and easily. ”

    I’m intrigued.

  2. William C says:

    Archos has the best video codex support out of the box of any tablets or smartphone. Their gen 8 can play many files that even mx video player sometimes can’t.

    The main downside of their gen 8 is poor Viewing angles of the lcd. Hope their Gen9 tablets had rectified that problem. Otherwise, it’s a pretty impressive tablet – spec wise.

    • Edwin C says:

      Eh, iyong iPad 2 ko puede naman maka-play ng kahit ano na video codec file. App lang ang kailangan niyan. At itong Gen 9 na ito walang mata sa likuran. Walang sinabi iyan. Pag iyong iba na tablets may mata sa likuran lagyan din sana nila ang kanila. Parang nasa cave pa itong Archos. Kulang pa.

    • john says:

      yeah right Edwin C wala ngang “mata sa likuran” talaga tong Archos gagawa ng dedicated media playback device na ang primary feature ay magplay ng kahit anong type ng media walang “mata sa likod” so outdated no? at saka hindi nila gayahin “iyong iPad 2 mo na puede naman maka-play ng kahit ano na video codec file app lang naman pala ang kailangan eh” sana ginawa na din nilang 4:3 ang aspect ratio ng archos tulad ng ipad2 mo ano? :)*youre such a smart fanboy, sana lahat tulad mo mag-isip*

  3. JmBalicano
    Twitter: JMBalicano

    I’m skeptical about these ever getting upgraded to ICS. None of the Gen8 tablets ever got upgraded to Gingerbread. These took a long time coming here, and they’ve already got an outdated OS. I’d buy one in a snap if I knew these would get upgraded to ICS at least in the first half of next year. I’d probably use the 101 as a glorified magazine reader.

  4. Mark says:

    Will wait for your review on these ones sir yuga!

  5. airnolds says:

    Nice.. i’ll wait for the full review..

    if this can play 720p Videos smoothly then i will sell my Iconia A500 asap..haha

  6. JB Mangalus says:

    sir abe.correction po. 720p not 72p dun sa archos 101. :) thanks for this. :)

  7. kevin says:

    I bought an Archos 8 tablet 250Gb HDD early this year, and now —ding!— it’s a brick. Never again will I go through this pain. I would go straight to the Asus Transformer Prime or wait for the next generation Samsung Galaxy tab with ICS and quadcore processors if I have the money, that I think will be money well spent.

    • yuga says:

      Didn’t you get a warranty for it? Let me know, maybe i can hook you up with them for a replacement.

    • kevin says:

      My unit was an Archos G8 250Gb HDD. I still have with me the warranty form. I think the problem is with the battery since it wont recharge with the power “light” signal dead. The problem with my unit, I think with this particular Archos line as a whole, is that the battery is so hot and noisy while using the tablet to the point that I had to constantly shift positions holding the tablet so that the palm of my hand doesn’t get first degree burns.

  8. Duga says:

    sa wakas dumating din, pero sa tangal nyang lumabas, nawala na yung interest ko. huawei mediapad na bibilhin ko.

  9. Viron V says:

    kung dati pa ito lumabas baka magclick pa to, pero nagyung palabas na ang quad core tablet, dun na lang ako…

  10. Shadow says:

    Waiting for the review.. please review the 8′ 250GB and 101 G9 16gb please

  11. Jerjer Prado says:

    Sir Abe, I have an Archos 101 Gen 8, do you know where I can get an oem casing? Mine suffered from cracks after accidentally dropping it. TIA!

  12. jums says:

    Been using a70 gen8 for a year now
    -low quality built. What to expect from such a low price.hehe
    -laggy. with only 256mb ram.

    Onting dagdag nlng my ipad, asus trabsformer,acer tab o galaxy tab ka na. Gagastos ka na lang din , dun ka na sa hindi ka magsisisi.

    -via a70, dolphin browser

  13. jc says:

    Is the browser gpu accelerated?

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