Archos Arnova 97 G4 tablet offers 9.7-inches of budget Android goodness

Posted by Shane McGlaun

In the crowded world of Android tablets, Archos is probably one of the better-known brand names.

Like Apple or Asus, purchasing a tablet from Archos means you can be sure any warranty issues will be dealt with in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the same really can't be said for some of the Chinese manufacturers that have been touting Android tablets of late.

The latest from Archos? A new budget Android-powered Jelly Bean tablet that shoppers looking for a cheaper device with a big screen will likely appreciate.

The tablet - dubbed the Arnova 97 G4 - recently crossed the FCC approval process wire before hitting the market. Specs? The tablet features a 9.7-inch multitouch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768. Under the hood of the tablet rests a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3066 dual-core CPU paired with a quad-core Mali 400 GPU.

Additional specs include 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a microSDHC card slot for storage expansion supporting up to 32 GB.

Additional specs? 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.4-inches, 1.5 pounds, a micro USB port, a mini HDMI output, integrated Wi-Fi, and a two-megapixel front and rear cameras.

So far there's no official word on exactly what the tablet will sell for or when it will be available. However, considering the Arnova 97 G4 isn't running cutting-edge hardware, the devices should be relatively inexpensive, coming in at well under the iPad mini price range, perhaps around $200 or so.