Archos has recently announced the world’s first tablet to sport a hard disk drive rather than flash memory, the Archos G9 tablet.The G9 comes in either an eight or 10 inch model and sports a 2.5 inch Seagate Momentus Thin hard drive with a 7mm profile designed for notebooks, preserving the slim profile that is essential for mobile tablet computing.
This sits only 3mm thicker than the flash alternative, weighing an extra 100 grams or so.
The G9 is seated as a potentially strong contender in the tablet market despite the lower profile of its Archos brand than the bigger tablet makers, with one of the fastest processors and cheapest prices on the market.
The tablets come with a 1.5GHz processor that tops the typical 1-1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chips currently used in most new tablets. The hard drive versions also sport up to 250GB of storage space.
The main selling point is the price though, with the Archos 80 G9 set to retail at $279 and the Archose 101 GB set to go for $349 upon release.
The Android 3.1-run Archos tablets come with an eight inch display of 1,024 x 768 pixels or 10 inch display of 1,280 x 800 pixels. They come with either a 250GB hard drive or a 16GB flash memory drive inside, alongside the 1.5GHz ARM dual-core OMAP 4 processor.