Archos has yet to break into the tablet business in a big way. The company has launched several Android tablets but none have been as successful as say, Samsung's Galaxy Tab. So will a tablet under a hundred dollars change that?
The company today unveiled a brand new Android tablet running on Froyo. However, what's got everyone talking about this device is not the specs or the OS, it's the price. The Archos Arnova 7 will retail for just $99 when it's launched. That's the cheapest Froyo tablet we've ever seen, so it's bound to catch the attention of shoppers on a budget.
Specswise, you get what you pay for. The Arnova 7 packs Android 2.2, a 7-inch 800x400 resolution display, 4GB or storage (expandable via the built-in SDHC slot), 720p playback and access to the AppsLib app store. There's no camera on this puppy -- so you can forget taking photos or video calling your sister that lives on the opposite side of the country -- and the spec sheet is devoid of any information regarding the processor, graphics or RAM. That doesn't necessarily mean Archos omitted the information for a reason, but at $100 you can bet it's not going to be Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset under the hood. Still, can you really turn your nose up at a $99 tablet?
Release is not yet known, but, as always, we'll keep you posted.