French electronics manufacturer Archos recently revealed its next attempts in the tablet market will cost a bit more than expected, but will still come in a hair cheaper than Apple's iPad.
Expected to be released in September, the Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 will start at $299 and $369, respectively. According to a recent Engadget report, both prices are about $20 more than originally reported, but they are still respectable compared to the iPad's $499 starting price tag.
Base prices will afford you 8-gigabyte models of each tablet, but Archos is offering storage options peaking at 250 gigabytes. The tablets will both ship with Android 3.1 and include HDMI output, a forward-facing camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. The 8-inch 80 G9 will also feature a speedy 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor, while the 10-inch 101 will offer 1-gigahertz or 1.5-gigahertz chip options.
As it has with previous tablets, Archos will likely offer a line of accessories for the G9 series, including protective cases and attachments for car headrests.
The popularity of media tablets is evident, given the surge in sales in recent years. According to IDC, tablet sales are expected to exceed 53.5 million units this year.