Had your eyes and wallet set on getting a Archos Gen 9 Android Honeycomb tablet for as little as $279? Archos just dashed those dreams with their new pricing update. The base of the base model for Archos Gen 9 tablets will hit you for $300 now and on the top-end you’ll pay as much as $470 with the new prices.
Now how does this price change affect each model? Well the 8-inch Archos 80 G9 will cost you $300 and $330 for 8GB and 16GB capacities and the 250GB HDD model will go for $370. The 10-inch Archos 101 G9 on the other hand will be going for $370 and $400 for 8GB and 16GB flash memory capacities and for the 250GB HDD model you’ll pay $470.
The change in price isn’t all the change that Archos has enacted today, though. The processor choices have been rearranged as well. Now if you want the potentially fastest dual-core chip in a tablet the 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4460 you’ll need to buy a 250GB HDD model, the flash memory storage models (8GB and 16GB) will have 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core chips now.
Archos isn’t giving a reason for the price increase but I have my own theory. The cost to manufacture these tablets has gone up with the tight component supply. Currently there is a shortage of displays and other key components for tablet OEM’s. Archos might have been on the losing end of shortage and a component price hike was their prize.
However even with the prices going up the Archos 80 and 101 Gen 9 Android tablets are still priced competitively for all that you get. So if the price increase isn’t bothersome to you can go to the Archos online store and sign-up to get notified the minute these two tablets get launched in September.