When you think about it, the current generation of cheap Android tablets isn’t going to last long. First, the constant pace of technology is going to make them obsolete pretty fast. Second, others are going to be delivering a better experience for pretty much the same price. That’s why it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see the second generation of these tablets.
Archos has been selling their Arnova line – and last week we saw the G2 version of the company’s eight-inch tablet at the FCC. Well, it seems that isn’t where the company is stopping. We’re set to see some more second-gen Arnovas: the Arnova 7 G2 and 10 G2 – the seven-inch and ten-inch models.
So what can we expect from these babies? Well, if you own an Arnova tablet, it maybe a wise decision to hold off for the next generation – but if you were planning to buy one, better wait to snap these babies up instead. What you’ll be getting from these slates are the Gingerbread OS and much better capacitive touchscreens. The first generation tablets ran Froyo and Eclair – a step down from Gingerbread and missing a few features. They also packed resistive displays for their touchscreens – a capacitive touchscreen is a whole lot better. You can also see a spec bump in the processor department – these two tablets will run on a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU – same as the G2 version of the eight-inch model.
They’re already priced in Hong Kong for HK$1,680 (or $215 US) and HK$1,980 (about $250 US) – but no release date has been set. Expect them to arrive on American shores a bit later – they still have to pass through the FCC.