Arnova 8, $149 8″ Android Tablet

Posted by – February 25, 2011

As with the Arnova 10, this one also starts resistive/rk2818 for now, and becomes capacitive/rk2918 during the next couple of months, staying at $149 MSRP.

Read much more on the rk2818/resistive platform of this device (released now) and the rk2918/capacitive version (to be releasing around April) in my Arnova 10 post.

Specs:
Price: $149 in USA, 149€ in Europe (consider all European prices always include ~20% VAT)
Capacity: 4GB with MicroSD slot
OS: Android 2.1 Eclair (on RK2818), Gingerbread (on RK2918 version available ~April), Honeycomb? (depends on Google/Rockchip)
Display: 8″ 800×600 touch screen (resistive now, capacitive version available ~April) , 16 million colors
Video playback (on current RK2818 model): H264 up to 720p 30fps 5mbitps, Mpeg4 30fps 2.5mbitps, RMVB up to 720p 30fps 2.5mbitps, in these extensions: .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, .flv (RK2918 version available ~April may add 1080p and higher bitrates support)
Audio playback: mp3, wav, ape, ogg, flac
Photo: jpeg, bmp, gif
Interfaces: USB 2.0 Slave MSC, USB 2.0 Host MSC, MicroSD slot
Wireless: WiFi b/g
Other: 2 built-in speakers, microphone, G-sensor
Battery runtime: 22.5h music, 6h video
Size: 205x153x12mm (8″x4.2″x0.5″)
Weight: 500gr (17.6oz)

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  • http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/JonHubertBristol Jon Hubert Bristol

    This thing seems really competent for that price, the only thing that puzzles me (besides the somewhat overlook-able resistive screen) is the weird aspect ratio, 4:3, other than that this thing can really sell. I hope they market it to the right demographic to maximize sales. Good product for cost, good product overall.

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    I’m not sure. Some people prefer 4:3 tablets, made popular with ipad. I think the Arnova 7 is going to be similar to being a successor to Archos 7 Home Tablet, will be 7″ 16:9 aspect ratio.

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  • http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/JonHubertBristol Jon Hubert Bristol

    To each his own, I guess we still share the common ground that this is a
    good product prices infallibly. But I a media freak, so the black bars when
    viewing a 16:9 clip might drive me crazy, but that’s just me…

  • Dreamsvoid

    any clue to where i can buy these yet?

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  • Anonymous

    But isn´t it Archos Arnova?
    I checked first on google and found that Arnova is a brand under Achos.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting, but lots of stuff just doesn’t ring right:
    — $149 for a resistive RK2818-based model and the same $149 for a capacitive RK2918-based model? Really? With a $30-$50 difference in costs? Chinese Alibaba.com again?
    — it’s April 2011, not 2010, so if put it into a perspective, it might compete — with its 2.5-5 MBps video playing — with NookColor on Froyo, but it’s only when on 7″…8″ =>170 dpi screen. Lower specs on screen quality and no Gingerbread/Honeycomb on release date leaves the model in the discount box of the supermarket for “ladies” here in US;
    — I don’t see anything Archos/Arnova doing here any more better than the supposedly original Ramos W15 does. IMHO, if Archos means to stay relevant in 2011 and beyond, they need to build something based on TI OMAP4 (or better OMAP5) platforms. Or Qualcomm’s MSM8660 dual cores with their 18 Mbits per second 3D HD video. Junk tablets might be good for Russia and France and US “ladies” marts, but they are definitely out of the main race. Which is to be put into the same sentence as the iPad2, you know. So far Moto Xoom fails miserably in benchmarks and just snappiness, you may have a look at my blog fineoils.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, but lots of stuff just doesn’t ring right:
    — $149 for a resistive RK2818-based model and the same $149 for a capacitive RK2918-based model? Really? With a $30-$50 difference in costs? Chinese Alibaba.com again?
    — it’s April 2011, not 2010, so if put it into a perspective, it might compete — with its 2.5-5 MBps video playing — with NookColor on Froyo, but it’s only when on 7″…8″ =>170 dpi screen. Lower specs on screen quality and no Gingerbread/Honeycomb on release date leaves the model in the discount box of the supermarket for “ladies” here in US;
    — I don’t see anything Archos/Arnova doing here any more better than the supposedly original Ramos W15 does. IMHO, if Archos means to stay relevant in 2011 and beyond, they need to build something based on TI OMAP4 (or better OMAP5) platforms. Or Qualcomm’s MSM8660 dual cores with their 18 Mbits per second 3D HD video. Junk tablets might be good for Russia and France and US “ladies” marts, but they are definitely out of the main race. Which is to be put into the same sentence as the iPad2, you know. So far Moto Xoom fails miserably in benchmarks and just snappiness, you may have a look at my blog fineoils.blogspot.com

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  • Calixt0

    still waiting to see where to buy these?

  • Dajana

    I consider buying archos arnova 8 or 10, but he said that a better version is coming soon, does anyone know is it going to be for 1 or 2 months, or a half year? What is Rokchip and what Honeycomb? Is it true that it can’t play youtube? Can you go to the regular (normal) Facebook site, like on computer?

  • http://www.cquinndesign.com Christopher Quinn

    SO is this a good tablet or not?

  • http://www.cquinndesign.com Christopher Quinn

    So is this a good tablet or not? It’s on sale for $99 at compusa.com…worth it?

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    That’s not a sale, the Arnova G2 are better, have better processor and the better screen that I talk about in this video.

  • http://store.ijdmtoy.com cAr lEd

    This is a cool tablet with affordable price

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