Archos is racking up a considerable portfolio of tablets. The cheap Archos Titanium range was released in Europe and the US not too long ago, but now a new tablet aimed at the budget market has been confirmed.
The new Arnova 97 G4 has appeared on the official Arnova website, which operates as subsidiary brand of Archos.
The tablet in question is 9.7 inches in size, hence the 97 G4 I suppose, and comes with a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and a quad-core Mali 400 graphics chip. Think beefed up Samsung Galaxy S2 hardware, but in tablet form. The exact SoC used in the tablet is a Rockchip RK3066 chip, which speeds the Cortex-A9 CPU up to a decent 1.6 Ghz. There’s also 1Gb RAM, which should be enough to keep the tablet running smoothly with Jelly Bean and some slightly more heavy duty applications.
The tablet comes with a rather average 8Gb of built-in storage, with the option for an additional 32Gb via an SD Card expansion. This certainly should be enough space for a few pictures and some music, but don’t bank on storing many HD films. Not that you’d be able to make full use of high definition content anyway, as the 9.7 inch display only supports a resolution of 1024 x 768, which is pretty disappointing for large sized tablet.
As with previous Archos products, the cameras are barely even worth mentioning but will be sufficient for video chat purposes. The Arnova 97 G4 features a 2 megapixel front facing camera, and another 2 megapixel one on the back. There’s also no Bluetooth connectivity, but that’s a pretty common feature to leave absent in budget products.
On the plus side you’ll received Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) right out of the box, built in WiFi, and the ability to hook your tablet up to a TV or higher resolution monitor via a Mini HDMI output. Finally, the tablet measures 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches and weighs in at about 1.5 pounds.
We’re still waiting on pricing and information on which territories the tablet will be available in. But as Arnova products tend to be cheaper than other Archos branded ones, expect a sub £200/€ 250/$250 pricetag.
If the pricing is on point, this could turn out to be quite a good buy for basic web browsing, etc. Keep your eyes peeled for one in the near future.