Archos has announced another low cost Arnova Android tablet, the Arnova 9 G2, featuring a 1GHz single core ARM Cortex A8 (most probably Rockchip RK2918) and a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (4:3 Aspect Ratio) that supports 5-point multi-touch. The display characteristics are almost exactly the same as the IPAD 2, luckily Apple has not filled a patent for screen size and resolution yet… 🙂
The device also features 8GB flash and a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards. There is no mention of the RAM capacity of this tablet.
Arnova 9 G2 includes a front facing camera for video chat, a pair of stereo speakers, a stereo audio jack, a microphone, a standard USB 2.0 port as well as a micro USB port and it comes with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and is 3G ready thanks to its supports for Archos G9 3G Stick.
This tablet runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Although its support 3G (via ARCHOS G9 3G Stick), it appears it does not have access to the Android marketplace and you’ll have to use AppsLib instead. That is until the Archos community find a way to install Android marketplace…
As usual with Archos, there is no worry about media playback as the device supports 1080p video playback with many different video codecs and containers.
Here are the detailled specifications of Arnova 9 G2:
|Capacity||• Flash Memory: 8 GB*
• Extendable via micro SDHC Slot
|Operating system||• ANDROID™ 2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|Processor||• ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz|
|Display characteristics||• 9.7” 4:3 format – Capacitive 5 point multitouch screen, TFT LCD, 16 million colors
• 1024 x 768 HD screen resolution
• IPS Technology
|Video Playback1||• H.264 up to 1080p resolution – 30 fps.
• MPEG-42 – 30 fps.
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov and .flv
|Audio Playback1||• MP3, WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC|
|Photo viewer3||• JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG|
|Interfaces||• Micro USB 2.0 Slave: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
• Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) up to 32 GB
• USB port 2.0
• Audio Jack 3.5mm
|Communication protocols||• WiFi (802.11 b/g)|
|Miscellaneous||• Front camera
• 2 Built-in speakers
|Power source||• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• 9V/2A Power Adapter
|Dimensions & weight||• 239 mm x 184 mm x 12.5 mm – 630g|
|Compatibility||• Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher, Mac OS or Linux in mass storage mode|
|Computer Interface||• USB 2.0 interface|
|Package includes||• ARNOVA 9 G2, Standard USB cable, USB power adapter, Quick Start Guide (QSG)|
There is not details on availability and pricing yet, although the Product Information PDF document suggest it will be available in Europe, US and China. I would expect the price to be around 220-230 USD considering the price of Arnova 10 G2 4GB (195 USD) and Archos 80 G9 8GB (279 USD) on Amazon US.
Further details are available on Arnova 9 G2 page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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