Last week we reported on announced pricing for a number of so-called premium tablets and the reaction from many was that the tablet manufacturers were pricing themselves out of the market. Archos, however, are aiming their latest releases firmly at the budget end of the market.
The Archos Arnova 8 and 10 will retail in the States for $150 and $199 respectively, which is a far cry from the $800 people shelled out for the Motorola Xoom last Thursday when it went on sale. Archos has long been known for bringing media tablets to market with budget price tags, such as the Archos 5, the Archos 101, and only last week we looked at its 2.8in Archos 28 internet tablet. However it now is looking to extend its reach with these 10in and 8in Android tablets which it hopes will attract all those who just can’t stump up the high prices being sought by the likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG.
Of course, the budget price does mean the specs on these models do not match up to their premium rivals. The Arnova 10 has a 600MHz Rockchip RK2818 processor powering Android 2.1, unfortunately comes with a resistive touchscreen and houses 8GB of storage inside. Its smaller brother possesses the same processor and resistive panel but contains only 4GB of storage. However Archos says that 1GHz, capacitive touchscreen models will be coming in April, though why anyone would want to buy these models when far superior ones are just around the corner is beyond us, especially if, as Charbax says in the video, the pricing will be the same.
As you can see in the videos from uber Archos-fan, Charbax, the Arnova 8 and 10 are not as good looking as some of the current crop of tablets but as he rightly points out, you could get 5.3 copies of the Arnova 8 for the price of one Motorola Xoom. Expect the Arnova 8 and 10 to come to a bargain bin in a supermarket near you very soon. Let us know if you think these budget models are appealing or appalling.