A 7-inch Android tablet which only costs $99 (about Php4,500) is something that’s too good to be true. If there is something this cheap, we would immediately suspect that it is one of those cheaply made tablets from China. But what makes it really quite unbelievable is that the tablet involved is from Arnova, a company that is related to Archos. We know Archos produces some of the more affordable tablets but not this affordable.
The Arnova 7 is a tablet that does not skimp on features. Although the processor is still a mystery as of this writing, the revealed specs and features already make the Arnova 7 an interesting tablet. It has a 4GB internal memory which is expandable via a microSD slot, it has Wi-Fi capabilities, has decent display and plays HD videos up to 720p resolution. Screen type though is resistive and not capacitive. What makes it really interesting is that it runs Android. Although it ships with Android 2.2 Froyo, this Android version is already very sufficient. If this arrives in the Philippines, I may be one of the first to buy a unit.
Archos Arnova 7 Specifications
|Capacity||• Flash Memory: 4 GB*
• Extendable via micro SDHC Slot
|Operating system||• ANDROID™ 2.2 (Froyo)|
|Display characteristics||• High resolution touch screen, 800×480 pixels, 7″ TFT LCD, 16 million colors
• Touch screen with virtual keyboard
|Video Playback1||• H.264 up to 720p resolution – 30 fps / 5 Mbps.
• MPEG-42 – 30 fps / 2.5 Mbps.
• Realvideo™ up to 720p resolution – 30 fps / 2.5 Mbps
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, and .flv
|Audio Playback1||• MP3, WAV3, APE, OGG, FLAC|
|Photo viewer4||• JPEG, BMP, GIF|
|Interfaces||• USB 2.0 Slave: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
• USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) – Connect a mass storage device or keyboard & mouse
• Micro SDHC card
|Communication protocols||• WiFi (802.11 b/g)|
|Miscellaneous||• Built-in speaker
|Power source||• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charge
|Battery life5||• Video playback time: up to hours
• Music playback time: up to hours
|Dimensions & weight||• 193.3 mm x 120 mm x 12.6 mm (7.6” x 4.7” x 0.5”) – 340 g / 12 oz|
|Compatibility||• Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher, Mac OS or Linux in mass storage mode|
|Computer Interface||• USB 2.0 interface|
|Package includes||• ARNOVA 7, Standard USB cable (micro B/A), power adapter, User Guide, legal and safety notice.|