Archos has released two economical Android tablets that are currently making their way into the market. Both the Archos Arnova 8 and Arnova 10 will cost less than $200, and are alternatives for customers who are less concerned about the hardware and flashiness of their device than people waiting in line for the decidedly pricey Motorola Xoom (for example).
The Archos devices obviously will not have the same functionality as the high-end tablets, but are reasonably priced options for users who won’t demand all that much from their tablet.
Archos Arnova 8
The Arnova 8 is the smaller of Archos’ new offerings, with an 8-inch resistive touchscreen. Internally, it features a 600MHz Rockchip RK2818 processor, 4GB of storage, and the Android 2.1 OS, Eclair. While these specs don’t pack much of a punch, neither does the price, as the Arnova 8 will retail for $150.
Archos Arnova 10
The Archos Arnova 10 will feature a 10.1-inch touchscreen, which, like the Arnova 8’s, will be resistive. It also features the same processor and OS as the smaller model, but has twice as much memory with at 8 GB. The Arnova 10 is only slightly more expensive, costing $200 at launch.
Archos has some more technically advanced tablets presently in the pipeline, with the planned release of a hardware-updated 10-inch tablet that will feature a capacitive touchscreen and an ARM Cortex-A8 Rockchip RK 2918 processor shipping in April.