Archos 97 Carbon Low-Cost Tablet Announced

| July 9, 2012 |

The French company Archos have just announced a new entry-level tablet, named the 97 Carbon, it’s to be the first in a series of ‘Elements’ budget tablets from the company.

The display looks reasonable, 9.7-inch IPS affair, with a resolution of 1,024×768, 720p HD. It’s capable of sending 1080p video to a big screen, via the HDMI connection.

The core power comes from an ARM Cortex A8 processor, running at 1GHz. It features 1GB RAM and a 16GB solid state disc, which is expandable via the microSD card slot.

The 97 Carbon will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and comes with full certification from Google, enabling access to their core suit of applications and the Google Play Store.

This Archos tablet weights 620g and is 11.5mm thick, it comes with an aluminium style finish. This is the first in the line of Elements tablets; there will be 7 and 8-inch versions to follow.

Archos have produced some great quality music players in the past; it’s nice to see they have added some great audio features on this tablet, including support for OGG, APE, and FLAC files, along with the standard MP3 and WAV formats. You can listen to the music via the two built-in speakers or headphone jack.

Camera wise, the Carbon 97 offers a 0.3 Megapixel front facing video chat camera (with a microphone). On the back, there is a 2 Megapixel camera for videos and photos.

The battery life looks good, the Li-Pol battery offers 8 hours of video playback or 20 hours of music, on a single charge.

The Archos 97 will be available this month for $249.99 (£219.99). This is a little more expensive than the Nexus 7, however it could be worth the difference for the extra screen size.





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