CHINESE TABLET MAKER Arnova has confirmed that its Arnova 7 will be priced at £99 and will become available from Asda and Comet next month.
The Android based Arnova 7 tablet is designed by the better known French company Archos and will feature Android 2.2 Froyo. But for £99 you don't really expect to get Android 3.0 Honeycomb and this does make it the cheapest 7in Android 2.2 Froyo tablet.
The Arnova 7 has a 7in resistive touchscreen with 800x480 resolution. The tablet is 12mm thick and weighs 340g. We reported in February that the Arnova 7 might be the first 7in tablet to cost less than £100 but Elonex has its Etouch 7, which we had initially reported would cost £119, but we've found it available for £79.
Your £79 will get you only Android 1.6, however, so it might be worth the extra cash to get the leap to Android 2.2 with the Arnova 7.
The Chinese firm has also confirmed its Arnova 8 tablet, which has an 8.4in screen with 800x600 resolution and will cost £129. It will run Android 2.1 Éclair. There are no cameras or other outstanding features so the device is pitched as "the perfect size for eBooks". It has 4GB of internal storage, weighs 500g and is 12mm thick.
The company was founded in February of this year and announced three tablets. Other than the Arnova 7 and Arnova 8 models it announced a larger 10in model that is already available. The unsurprisingly named Arnova 10 looks remarkably like the Archos 101 and is priced at £179 from comet.co.uk. µ