Arnova 10 G2 review (Android 2.3 tablet, Capacitive multitouch 10.1″ screen, RK2918 CPU, 512 Mb memory)


[EDIT] 2011/09/13 The review has been updated with details on the HD Video capabilities

The Arnova 10 G2 tablet, latest Arnova upgrade with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), capacitive screen and Rockchip RK2918 CPU should be available in the next days.

It offers a capacitive multitouch (2 points) screen. This screen seems to be very similar to the Archos 101 IT screen, as you can see it has the same transparent thin grid at the surface. It has a same limits on the view angles, which are just average. This Table is good for playing free slot machine games using Android apps.

The Arnova 10 G2 shares a device body very similar to the two previous models (Arnova 10, Arnova 10b) and we encourage you to check the Arnova 10 review for more details about the this subject/

From left to right:

Arnova 10 G2Arnova 10bArnova 10
(capacitive screen, RK2918, 512 Mb, Android 2.3)(capacitive, RK2818 screen, 200 Mb, Android 2.1)(resistive screen, RK2818, 200 Mb, Android 2.1)

Arnova 10 G2 specifications

Arnova 10 G2
Operating System Android 2.3.1 (Gingerbread)
Linux Kernel Version:
CPU single core Rockchip 2918 CPU running at 1 Ghz
Integrated GPU: Vivante Corporation GC800
Flash Storage Memory Capacity 4 GB
Speed: Class 2 range (tested Read 6536 kB/s, Write 2761 kB/s)
System Memory 512 Mb (DDR3 ?)
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
Display 1024×600 TFT LCD 10.1 inches
capacitive 2 points screen
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11 b/g
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera 0.3Mp (front facing)
Interfaces USB 2.0 Slave MSC (micro USB format)
USB 2.0 Host MSC
MicroSD slot
Battery life Video playing test: TBD hours

check our Archos and Arnova battery tests page
Android Market No (Appslib application Marketplace)
Check our Arnova 10 G2 custom firmware to install Android Market on the device.
Kickstand No
(from Arnova 10, resistive model)
272 x 152.3 x 13.5 mm (10.7” x 6” x 0.5”)
(from Arnova 10, resistive model)
570 g / 20.1 oz
Price TBD

System Information


Compared to previous Arnova 10b and Arnova 10 models, the Arnova 10 G2 upgrade offers a great performance improvement, thanks to the new Rockchip 2918 CPU and the 512 Mb of memory.

We have measured this thru a series of benchmarks, that show a raw speed increase between x2 and x3.

Arnova 10G2Arnova 10bArchos 101 IT (Stock firmware, Optimal mode (800 Mhz)
Linpack10.92 MFLOPS3.882 MFLOPS10.553 MFLOPS
QuadrantTotal: 1246
CPU: 2341, Memory: 986
I/O: 2119
2D: 175, 3D: 607
Total: 253
CPU: 445, Memory: 218
I/O: 603
Neocore39.3 fpsTBD35.4 fps

Benchmark screenshots on the Arnova 10 G2:





HD Video capabilities

As you can see on our product review video, the device is completely HD capable.

We tried the 3 following movie samples and experienced a good video playback, with only a few frames skipped.

The Simpsons Movie – 1080p Trailer
Video Type: 1920×800 (1080p), 23.967 FPS, CE-High profile (PS3 and Xbox 360 compatible)
Audio Type: AAC LC Stereo
Download Link: (120 MB)

I Am Legend – 1080p Trailer
Video Type: 1920×816 (1080p), 23.967 FPS, Blu-ray Profile
Audio Type: AAC, 5.1 Channel
Download Link: MB)

Limitless – H.264 HD 1080p Theatrical Trailer
Video Type: 1920×1080 H.264
Audio Format: AAC 48 kHz, VBR
Download Link: Limitless – H.264 HD 1080p Theatrical Trailer (121 MB)

3G Support

As other Arnova G2 products, the 10 G2 model has a limited support for 3G dongles. Please check our article on 3G support on the Arnova 8 G2 to get more details.

Gaming capabilities

(update 2011/12/14)
Thanks to its integrated Vivante GC800 GPU, the tablet provide decent gaming performance for 3D and 2D games. Here is a video of Frontline Commando, a 3D first person shooter game.


With the Arnova 10 G2 tablet, Arnova is finally offering a tablet with decent performance and a more up to date Android Operating System. Compared to the Archos 101 IT, it can be an good value tablet for any entry level use that do not require extra features such as HDMI or Bluetooth. The Rockchip 2918 CPU upgrade did good to the machine as it can now play most of the applications and 3D games, it offers a decent web browsing speed and video playing up to 1080p. Adobe Flash is supported as well, thru a download on Appslib.

Edit 2012/02/12:
To install Android Market on the device, you can either follow our EZ firmware that is very simple to flash or go with a more advanced latest Arnova 10 G2 custom firmware with Android Market and root

Don’t forget to check our other articles on the Arnova 10 G2 for latest updates on the device or the Arnova 10 G2 section on our forum.


  1. i have downloaded a soft ware for my arnova 10 g2 to flash it, purposely to stop my led indication light which is always on showing that the battery is charging while not. i tried two of the firmwares already and realized that it does not go off. And now, the device restarts when i put it off. can anyone help? tthanks a lot for your coming answers.

  2. Hi It´s me again.
    I´m triying to install chainfire but it tells me that I have no more memory…What do I have to do,I flash it to have all my memory empty but it also tells me that I have no memory…What can I do,I really need it to install other games…Thanks

  3. Hi,
    Is there a way to connect archos 10 g2 to a tv? It does not have a hdmi… does it has other ways to connect to a tv?

    On the archossite a saw a internet tablet 10.1 with hdmi. Is this the same tablet, or is this a different one…

    Is there a archos model like G2 with hdmi, same power or more…

      • Is there any further development ongoing or is the “arn10g2-23-01” firmware as good as it is going to get. I flashed my 10 G2 yesterday. The garbled text that comes up during the firmware install (and all subsequent reboots) is a little disconcerting. Perhaps you could mention this in a help file. For a moment I thought I’d bricked my unit! Being a patient sort of person I just waited and it sorted itself out. Arctools worked perfectly and I got Android Markey up and running in no time. BBC iPlayer app works a treat. Would be great if the garbled text thing could be sorted along with a few other bugs.

  4. The perfect tab for the perfect price.. no one REALLY needs a tab with hardcore specs..not yet anyways..

    Will look at this in person tmr.. quite excited to see it.. and if I’m happy with it.. I will buy it knowing in mind that it will be 1000 times better when you guys here at arctablet put out the custom rom. SERIOUS PROPS for you guys.. MUCH RESPECT! For whatever motivates you.. thanks.. and keep at it! You are helping those in need on a global level (I’m in Hong Kong)

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  6. can i videochat on the ARNOVA 10 G2 because i have a cam but i still cant videochat what do i need to make it work im seriously becomming angry and its gone fly. no im a dumbass and i dont know how or what to do now i can only play some games en see the big fat bunny. please help from the start wanted. thx

  7. Just unboxed my Philly News. The bundled apps, especially the miserable substitute for Android Market are meh at best. The clear–view come-on application is completely useless. Haven’t found an application enabling chat with the camera yet. The inability to have Google account in settings is nearly fatal to the device.

    • I recently got my Philadelphia Daily News Arnova 10 g2 Tablet and i must say i was pleasently surprised for a $99.00 Tablet. Of course it has its cons, but as soon as these wonderful devs release the Root and custom firmware it will make this tablet 200% better. People shouldnt complain about a $99.00 tablet. What, do you think you were getting the specs of the Galaxy 10.1 or something?

    • Update on the bundled apps – the vendor had a server issue; the “free bundled” apps include both Quickoffice Pro (which lists for $15 in the Android Market) and Splashtop Remote (which is also similarly priced). Both are real bargains when free. Can’t vouch for the other apps, but the authentication problems have been solved.

      I’ve been able to copy over a handful of apk’s from my HTC Droid Incredible and so long as the app doesn’t need a native Google account to run, everything runs quite well. I’ve got: MyBackupPro; Moboplayer; HideItPro; ereader; Astro; Total Commander; gReader Pro; all three Angry Birds versions; and a handful of other apps running just fine on the the tablet.

      Also, the ability to plug remote USB storage into the tablet and use for remote storage is, well, pretty cool, actually.

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