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Archos 97 Carbon tablet announced; 9.7-inch IPS display, ICS and more

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Archos has been in the tablet game for a while now launching some decent budget friendly tablets. And the French consumer electronics maker today formally unveiled its new series of tablets tagged as Elements, which will apparently bring low cost tablets to the market. The company also announced the first device belonging to the Elements line, calling it the 97 Carbon, which we think is a reference to its 9.7-inch IPS display. Before we head over to the pricing and availability of the device, we would like to let you in on some of the specs.

The display is similar to the one on the Apple iPad, and strangely so. The tablet packs an array of ports including a full sized USB port for your memory keys and USB dongles etc. It comes built in with 16GB of onboard storage which can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 32GB). There’s 1GB of RAM on the tablet accompanied by a 1 GHz processor. The Carbon 97 also sports a rear camera and a front facing camera.

It will be made available for somewhere under $249.99 in the U.S. A UK version is in tow too which is believed to cost £219. The device weighs 21.8 ounces and is 11.43mm thick. Additionally, it supports Full HD decoding, letting you watch 1080p videos on your tablet without any need for cutting down the resolution. What’s strange though is that Archos didn’t give out the specifics of the camera, processor etc. But we hope to get more info soon.

Archos has mentioned that it will launch a 7 and 8-inch tablet under the Elements series in the future, though it did not give out specifics. The Archos 97 Carbon isn’t a high end tablet by any means. So we’re not quite sure if it justifies the sub $250 price tag. Google’s 16GB Nexus 7 is priced at the same range and even though it has a smaller display, the tablet offers better CPU and GPU performance with its quad core  CPU and 12 core GPU.

The only letdown with the Nexus 7 is that it doesn’t have a microSD card slot and there’s no rear camera either. We fear whether Archos’ bets are wrongly placed given that the market is currently filled with budget ranged tablets which feature similar hardware. And with the Nexus 7 arriving this month, Archos couldn’t have picked a worse time. All is not over though, as there are a few areas where the Archos 97 Carbon excels, especially with its array of connectivity options. The build quality looks sturdy too, and we feel the bigger display is an advantage over the Google Nexus 7.

Via: Android Central