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.

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: 2.6.32.37
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)
GPS No
HDMI No
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
Dimensions
(from Arnova 10, resistive model)
272 x 152.3 x 13.5 mm (10.7” x 6” x 0.5”)
Weight
(from Arnova 10, resistive model)
570 g / 20.1 oz
Price TBD

System Information


Performance


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.

TBD
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
TBD
Neocore39.3 fpsTBD35.4 fps
Vellamo451TBDTBD

Benchmark screenshots on the Arnova 10 G2:

Vellamo:

Quadrant:

Neocore:

Linpack:


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: simpsons_movie_1080p_trailer.zip (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: i_am_legend-1080p_blu-ray_trailer.zip(121 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.

Conclusion

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.