The Philadelphia Media Network has launched a new subscription scheme which offers an Android-based tablet to its news app customers for a significantly reduced price.
The tablet is an entry-level Archos Arnova 10 G2 which hasn't yet been released in the UK. It comes with a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive toucshcreen, a 1GHz Cortex A8 based SoC, 4GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM, a front facing VGA camera, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, the Philadelphia Inquirer app plus the Daily News digital edition.
PMN says that the tablet will cost only $99 when purchased with a two year subscription to either the Inquirer or the Daily News; these cost $9.99 per month or a combined cost of $12.99 per month.
The publisher has also managed to get Main Line Health, Comcast Corporation, and Wells Fargo as launch sponsors to subsidise the price of the tablet.
The Arnova tablet comes with Arnova's own Appslib Android market replacement as well as Amazon's App Store, OfficeSuite and a coupon code that gives free music, books and online cloud storage to users. According to Philly.com, only 5000 tablets are available for what it calls "an unprecedented beta offer".