Arnova GBook unveiled, “made for eReading”, really?

Another day, another Arnova G3 tablet release, it’s an eReader this time. Looking at the Arnova GBook specifications, it’s nothing really fancy, just a relatively old CPU ARM Cortex A8 at 1 Ghz (probably Rockchip RK29xx), 1 Gb of RAM and WIFI. The screen is mentioned to be a 7″ high resolution capacitive color touchscreen TFT offering a 800 x 480 pixels display (16:9 ratio), there are no words about electronic ink display technlogy used here, so we are not sure if it’s that comfortable for long reading sessions.

Compared to a regular Arnova tablet, the device comes with Aldiko eBook Reader Premium application, that would cost €2.99 euros on Google Play Store otherwise. Speaking about Marketplace, this device does not have Google Play Store, but instead provides Archos own Appslib.

Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 Ghz
Supposedly a Rockchip RK2918 CPU with Integrated GPU: Vivante Corporation GC800
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 4 GB
System Memory 1024 Mb
Display 7” High resolution capacitive color touchscreen TFT – 800 x 480 pixels
Additional storage Micro SD slot
Bluetooth No
Wi-FI Yes
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera No
GPS No
HDMI No
Android Market / Google Play No (Appslib, the Archos market place)
Dimensions & weight Dimensions: 196 x 116.7 x 11.5 mm
Weight: 304g


Arnova 9 G3 4 Gb

9.7 inches capacitive IPS 5 points screen, Rockchip 2918 CPU, 1 GB RAM, Android 4 ICS
Maplin£ 119.99
AMAZON USA$ 49.98
AMAZON UK£ 290.99
AMAZON DE17.82 EUR
AMAZON FRExpédition sous 1 à 2 jours ouvrés171.49 EUR