Archos unveils Arnova 8b G2 tablet

Archos has added yet another tablet to its line of low-cost Arnova tablets. The latest is the Arnova 8b G2, a slight variation on the Arnova 8 G2 which has been available for a few months.

Arnova 8b G2

The new tablet has a slightly different case design, and doesn’t feature physical home, back, menu, or search buttons.

While the Arnova 8b G2 will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread software, that could be a sign that Archos plans to update the tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon. Google’s newest operating system doesn’t require those hardware buttons.

The tablet features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor, an 8 inch, 800 x 600 pixel capacitive multitouch display, 4GB to 8GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.

It also has a front-facing camera, mic, g-sensor, and speaker and supports 802.11b/g WiFi. There’s a microSDHC card slot for extra storage.

According to the spec sheet, the tablet also supports the optional Archos 3G USB stick and USB host cable if you want to connect to mobile broadband networks or hook up a camera, USB flash drive, or other device.

The Arnova 8b G2 measures 8.8″ x 6.1″ x 0.5″ and weighs 1.1 pounds.

Archos hasn’t unveiled the price or release date for the new tablet yet, but the original Arnova 8 G2 sells for as little as $149.

via PC Launches

 

  • Carlton

    I’ve shied away from Archos products due to the poor reliability I’ve experienced with their hard disk based mp3 players.  They had
    innovative features, good specs, but didn’t last.  I wonder if
    Archos has improved their reliability.

    They sort of remind me of Nissan cars, which similarly offer good
    value for money, but are a notch below Toyota and Honda for quality.
     

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    The buyers of the first Archos (from 2010!) are still stuck with a very slow android 2.2 system. Archos has no after sales, buying an archos means you will be outdated before you know it.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had fantastic luck with their products.  But the after-sale support does blow.  I think the problem is their endless variety of submodels, editions, etc.  

    If they could just pick a few basic models and run them for a couple years, it would benefit both them and the customers.

  • DTEG

    Is the chicken-wire touch sensor that Archos seem to insist on using a visual problem in practice?