01 Archos greets us with low cost Arnova 8b G2 tablet

Archos has just extended its low-cost Arnova tablet line with a new 8-inch sized model dubbed the Arnova 8b G2. For the most part the tablet appears to be much like the existing Arnova 8 G2 which has been on the market for a few months, only the new 8b model has a different looking case design and does away with physical buttons such as home, back, menu and search.

Archos has just extended its low-cost Arnova tablet line with a new 8-inch sized model dubbed the Arnova 8b G2. For the most part the tablet appears to be much like the existing Arnova 8 G2 which has been on the market for a few months, only the new 8b model has a different looking case design and does away with physical buttons such as home, back, menu and search.

While the tablet ships with a cobwebbed version of Android (2.3 Gingerbread), the removal of physical buttons suggests that Archos might be planning to roll out an Android 4.0 update for it sometime soon. Dimensions of the Arnova 8b G2 are 8.8" x 6.1" x 0.5" with a weight of 1.1 pounds.

01 Archos greets us with low cost Arnova 8b G2 tablet

In terms of actual specs, the Arnova 8b G2 uses a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor, has 512MB of RAM and comes with 4 or 8GB of built-in storage + a microSD slot for further expansion possibilities.

The 8-inch TFT display has an 800 x 600 resolution and there's the inclusion of a front-facing shooter along with mic, g-sensor and speaker. The tablet has 802.11b/g WiFi and there is support for Archos' 3G USB stick and host cable if you want to connect to mobile networks or add a camera, USB flash drive or otherwise.

Archos has not revealed pricing on the Arnova 8b G2 as yet, but this will most likely be its best selling point and given the original Arnova 8 G2 can be had for as little as US $149 it's hard to imagine the new one going north of US $200.

Source: Arnova