Archos 97 Carbon tablet now available for $230
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Archos announced its new "Elements" series of tablets yesterday which will offer entry-level Android tablets. First from the new line of tablets is the Archos 97 carbon, which is set for a July release – as reported by Liliputing.
The Archos 97 Carbon runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixels IPS display. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor along with 1GB of RAM. It also sports a 2MP primary camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera along with an internal storage of 16GB.
The 97 Carbon is priced at $229 and is Google certified. That means it will come with the Google Play Store and other preloaded Google apps. Apart from this, the tablet also features predictive text input and can handle full HD (1080p) video playback.
Other specs include: a microSDHC card slot, mini HDMI port, a mic, stereo speakers, a USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a 3.5mm audio jack. With an aluminum finish, the 97 Carbon measures 0.45 inches in depth and weighs around 1.37 pounds. The battery offers up-to 8 hours of video playback, according to Archos.
Apart from the 97 Carbon, Archos has also announced 7 and 8 inch tablets from its Elements line of tablets. All these tablets are said to fall within the entry-level category. Archos hasn't made any announcements regarding any upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Although it is priced a bit higher than the $199 Google Nexus 7, the Archos 97 Carbon offers a wider range of hardware along with a larger display and more connectivity options. Not a bad product at all for $229.