A new eBook reader from Archos called the GBook will soon hit the market. This is an eBook reader running on Android Operating System. Thus, apart from the basic eReading function, it also allows users to engage in other activities such as watching videos, listening to music, or gaming.
The GBook comes with a 7-inch TFT color capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also has an ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 1 GHz, complemented by 1GB of RAM, which could allow users to do some multitasking on the device. There is also 4GB of internal storage that may be further expanded through the use of a microSD card in its built-in slot for up to 32GB. It also supports a wide variety of eBook files, including PDF, EPUB, and Adobe DRM.
According to Archos, the device will have around eight hours of battery life on a single charge if used for eReading purposes. Meanwhile, if it is used for playing videos, the device should run up to seven hours.
The tablet is also packed with a front-facing camera, a mini-HDMI port, a microphone, and speakers. It also comes with several pre-installed apps, such as Aldiko eBook Reader. One downside to the device, however, is that it does not have access to Google Play. To compensate, Archos is providing the Appslib App Store if users want to download more apps on to the device. Appslib has some 50,000 free and paid apps for downloading.
The price for the GBook is still unavailable, but it is surmised that it will be less expensive than many Android tablets available today, including as the latest releases from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Amazon. Those who are familiar with the Arnova 7 G3 tablet may find some similarities between such tablet and this, so its price may not be much different from the $120 retail price of the Arnova 7 G3.