Ever heard of Arnova before? Perhaps only for some of you, as this is a Chinese-based manufacturer who will be playing a role in the budget Android-tablet market with their Arnova 7 device. Priced at a highly affordable £99, the Arnova 7 will be made available from Asda and Comet from June onwards. Designed by Archos of France, it will run on Android 2.2 Froyo – which should be a disappointment for some since tablet owners are looking forward for the specially optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb (and above) version of the operating system. Still, one thing you cannot take away from the Arnova 7 – its super low price point.
Heck, this might even be the cheapest 7″ tablet to date that runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Featuring a 7″ resistive touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution, the tablet measures a mere 12mm thin, tipping the scales at 340 grams. For those who feel that this isn’t good enough for their needs, there is confirmation that the Arnova 8 tablet is in the works, sporting a more generous 8.4″ display at a higher 800 x 600 resolution, where you will need to fork out another £30.
Disappointingly, the Arnova 8 will run on Android 2.1 Éclair – that doesn’t make sense, really.
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