French consumer electronics manufacturer Archos just released what is the world’s most affordable tablet. For only $99, Arnova 7 is a 7" tablet featuring Rockwell’s ARM11 processor while running the older Google Android 2.2 operating system.
Archos Arnova 7 tablet will retail for $99
The tablet weighs in less than 300 grams, measuring 193.3 x 120 x12.6 millimeters (7.6 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches). The 7" LCD display features resistive screen (i.e. single touch) with the resolution of 800×480 pixels, unknown amount of working memory, 4GB of storage, microSD Card slot supporting up to 32GB (even though, if you’re buying a $99 tablet, chances are you’re not interested in $99 microSD card) and USB 2.0. For wireless connectivity, Archos built 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connection.
However, a move such as this one will not be welcomed by Google, who is pulling a lot of controversial moves behind the scenes. The release date is not yet known. Still, we’re approaching the era of $99 smartphones and tablets. Brace for impact.