Archos introduces budget Arnova GBook Android 4.0 eReader
The Arnova GBook may look like a 7 inch Android tablet… because it is. But French tablet maker Archos is calling the GBook an eBook reader.
In other words, you can use it to watch videos, play games, or perform other activities, but the device has a relatively slow processor,
doesn’t include access to the Google Play Store, and will probably sell for a much lower price than most Android tablets.
Update: Multiple commentors have pointed out that the device does include the Google Play Store, even though it’s not mentioned on the Arnova website.
The GBook features a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel color TFT display with a capacitive touchscreen, a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It has a microSD card slot for extra storage.
The low resolution display and lack of Google Play support is kind of disappointing. But the tablet is supposed to get up to 8 hours of battery life in “reading mode,” which isn’t that bad, and up to 7 hours of video playback time.
It ships with the Aldiko eBook reader and Appslib app store which provides access to about 50,000 free and paid apps. The GBook has a front-facing camera, a built-in mic and speaker, and a mini HDMI output.
The eReader measures 7.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.45″ and weighs 10.7 ounces. If it’s priced as low or lower than the other Arnova G3 tablets, it will probably be much cheaper than the latest Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Kobo tablets.