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Archos Arnova 8b G2 review

Archos Arnova 8b G2

The Archos Arnova 8b G2 is a relatively new take on the small form factor Android tablet. It comes equipped with an 8-inch 800x600 pixel resolution touchscreen display, 1GHz ARM Cortext A8 CPU, 512MB RAM, up to 8GB of internal storage, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s definitely not as powerful as many other tablets that are available on the market today, but it does have a few merits.

For one thing, it's small and easy to carry around. Sure, it may seem a bit thick at 11mm thick, but its overall size should be handy to stow away into any kind of bag. The display features a capacitive touchscreen layer, which makes it easy to use with the default Android operating system. Android apps, whether the free or the paid variety, can be downloaded easily via Google Play with the use of a Wi-Fi connection.

Other hardware features of the 8b G2 include a built-in camera, microUSB port, and front-facing speakers. As you can see, it carries a fairly limited amount of both hardware and software features, so it’s not for everyone. As most reviewers note, it is under-powered and lacking in elements that make more expensive alternatives much better. But then that’s the thing, it’s not as expensive as many other tablets on the market. So this tablet could still be a nice choice for those who find that it fits not just their needs but also their budget.

Need to Know: Archos Arnova 8b G2

1. Small form factor makes it easy to carry around. (The Good)

2. Not as expensive as other Android tablet options. (The Good)

3. Severely limited in the features department, both in terms of hardware and software. (The Bad)

4. Default operating system is fairly outdated. (The Bad)

Operating system
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Screen Size

The Archos Arnova 8b G2's screen size is 8 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Cortext A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
4/8 GB

Internal memory is 4/8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Arnova 8b G2 Specs

Release Date February 20, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Cortext A8 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4/8 GB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 22.4 x 15.5 x 1.1 cm (8.8 x 6.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 510 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack Yes
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
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