Archos iPad 2 Rival Tablet Comes With HDD

French manufacturer Archos introduced two new tablets, the 80 G9 and the 101 G9, in Paris yesterday; both of them swapping flash memory for an ultraslim hard disk drive.

Using a Seagate Momentus Thin hard disk drive means that they can offer up to 250GB storage compared with 64GB for the likes of the iPad 2 or the Blackberry Playbook.

Both tablets come with a dual core TI OMAP 4440 SoC which runs at 1.5GHz and is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. There's both a USB and HDMI output, a kickout stand, Android Honeycomb 3.1, a front facing HD ready camera, GPS as well as an optional (proprietary) 3G dongle.

The main difference between the two is the screen. The 80 G9 comes with a 1024x768 pixel 8-inch display while the 101 G9 has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel screen.

The former will cost $279 at launch while the latter adds a mere $70 to the price. No news as to whether there will be a flash version, whether there is a microSD card slot or what the battery life of the tablets will be.

The OMAP 4440 is certainly the highlight of the tablet; that chip features the fastest processor on any tablet at the moment as well as a powerful PowerVR SGX540 GPU that supports 3D and up to two 12-megapixel cameras in parallel.