Two new budget tablets from Archos have been making the rounds recently, first popping up in Russia, and then on the FCC web site. Now Charbax has gotten some hands-on time with the Archos Arnova 8 and Archos Arnova 10 tablets and he’s posted a few videos.
In a nutshell, these tablets are designed to be cheap, but fairly capable devices. They’re not going to replace a Motorola XOOM anytime soon. They have slower processors, lower resolution displays, and cheaper components. They lack 3G and don’t run Google Android 3.0. But if you’re looking for a tablet primarily for surfing the web, watching videos, or reading eBooks, those things might not matter.
Charbax says the Archos Arnova 10 currently has a 600 MHz processor and resistive touchscreen, but the goal is to upgrade the specs to a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Rockchip RK2918 processor and a capacitive touchscreen by April, while selling the tablet for $199 in the US or about 199 Euros in Europe.
The budget tablet has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, runs Google Android 2.1, and comes with 4GB or 8GB of storage. It supports a wide range of audio and video formats including H.264, MP4, MKV, MOV, WAV, MP3, FLAC, and OGG.
The 10 inch tablet has a G-Sensor, front-facing VGA camera, and 802.11b/g WiFi as well as a microSD card slot, USB 2.0 host port, and a speaker and mic. It weighs less than 1.3 pounds.
The Archos Arnova 8 will run about $150 US or 150 Euros. This model has an 8 inch, 800 x 60 pixel display. Like the 10 inch model, the Arnova 8 will ship soon with a Rockchip RK2818 processor, resistive touchscreen, and Google Android 2.1. But in April it will be available with a 1 GHz RK2918 chip, a capacitive touch panel, and Android 2.3 or higher.
The 8 inch tablet weighs about 1.1 pounds and has a built-in mic and speakers, microSD card slot, g-sensor, and 4GB of storage.
You can check out hands-on videos from ARMdevices after the break.