iPad Rival Alert : Archos Arnova 9 G2 Goes On Sale For £180

The Arnova 9 G2 might be part of Archos' budget range, but less than one month after it was officially unveiled, the tablet has seen its price drop to £180 at dixons thanks to a 10 per cent discount.

As with the first generation iPad, the tablet comes with a 9.7-inch 1024x768 pixel capacitive touchscreen display with a single core ARM-based Cortex A8 (in the G9's case clocked at 1GHz and almost certainly a Rockchip RK2918).

Unfortunately, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than 3.0 (or 3.2) Honeycomb although it should be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich next year (Archos' CEO has already confirmed that ICS will come to some of the company's tablets in the first quarter of 2012).

The tablet comes with 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a microUSB port, Wi-Fi, a front facing camera and weighs 630g.

It will face competition from the Archos 101 G9 tablet which comes with Honeycomb by default, a dual core system on chip, a higher clock speed, a higher screen resolution and up to 10 hours battery life.

Although it doesn't officially have access to Google's Android Market (Archos offers the Appslib application store), there are already alternative ways to do so.

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