Arnova 8 G2

Archos offers a number of low-cost Android tablets… and the company’s Arnova brand offers even cheaper devices with lower quality components.  But if you’re looking for a bargain rather than the fastest processor or highest quality screen, you could probably do worse than an Arnova tablet, and according to an FCC listing it looks like a new model is on the way.

The label on the front of the tablet reads “Arnova 8 G2,” which makes this a second-generation version of the Arnova 8 tablet with an 8 inch display. The original had an 800 x 600 pixel resistive touchscreen display, Android 2.1 operating system, and 802.11b/g WiFi.

Unfortunately we don’t have any specs for the new model yet, but the photos show a tablet with a series of physical buttons. So my guess is the device will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or an older version of the operating system. Tablets with Android 3.0 and up don’t use physical buttons for Home, Back, Search, or Menu functions.

 

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10 replies on “New Arnova budget Android tablet on the way”

    1. odd, beyond the change of screen it seems to be basically the same product. I would have thought that going with the new RK SoC would lead to the introduction of Bluetooth to the Arnova line.

  1. No physical buttons on the Arnova G2, I don’t think, also Honeycomb has no restrictions in terms of having physical buttons or not.

    1. Is this related to the Arnova models that was supposed to be using the Cortex based Rockchip SoCs?

      Edit: after taking a look at the board image, that seems to indeed be the case. I wonder if a updated 10 will show up soon as well.

      1. Yup, those are basically it. They were supposed to come out in May, then June, now they’ll be out in August or something

    2. I don’t follow the first part of your comment…the pictures above clearly show a row of greyish buttons along the bezel opposite the branding.

      1. Maybe my eyes are going but I see one button and a pair of grills, possibly for a speaker.  The poster, who has probably seen one, and who is probably better connected to the manufacturer, given who he is, is probably correct.  I don’t really see the buttons Brad is talking about, and this could very well be a honeycomb implementation either way.

    1. You’re right, it does. That tablet is definitely the exception rather than the rule though, and it has some unusual buttons including one that appears to launch the web browser, though.

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