Lo and behold, French electronics company Archos has introduced another new model to its Arnova family (their budget tablet computer line). This newly-debuted member of the Arnova lineup has been christened the Arnova 9 G2. And it's an Android-running tablet with a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel IPS display, just like Apple's iPad. Although, from what the specs are showing at the moment, the similarities pretty much end there and then.
The new Arnova 9 G2 tablet comes packed with a 9.7-inch capacitive, multi-touch touch panel, a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 single-core processor, stereo speakers, a built-in microphone and a forward-facing camera. Moreover, it houses a sturdy 8 gigs of flash storage, a microSD card slot, a USB port & micro USB port, and 802,11b/g/n WiFi wireless connectivity. Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system comes standard on board, as it does on most tablet computers running Android OS these days.
In terms of dimensions, the tablet measures a standard-esque 9.4″ a 7.2″ x 0.5″ and weighs 1.4 pounds. Which basically makes it a tidbit smaller than a 1st-generation Apple iPad. Although Archos hasn’t revealed the pricing for the tablet yet, the Arnova 9 G2 in all likelihood will also be quite a bit cheaper than an iPad. Archos also has tablet offerings at the 7, 8, and 10.1 inch display sizes as part of its budget-focused Arnova G2 lineup, and the majority of these tablets sell for under $250. And if you haven't checked out Archos in awhile, be sure to check out our recent review of the Archos 80 G9 tablet.