Archos Unveils Arnova 9 G2 Android Tablet

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… 🙂

Rockchip RK2918 based Tablet IPAD 2 Clone
Archos Arnova 9 G2

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
• Microphone
• G-sensor
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.

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