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ARCHOS knocks off its “Elements” series with the crafty- 97 Carbon

Slim, quirky and trailblazing- that’s what defines Archos 97 Carbon. It’s the first gizmo to be rolled out from the Archos Elements series which would feature 7 to 9.7 inch tablets. We took a quick preview of the crafty cum compelling device from Archos and we have an incessant feeling that there’s definitely lot more in store that Archos has to offer. For now, let’s just switch off the pep talk and concentrate on the au courant device we have in our hands.

The design is catchy. Engraved with an elegant aluminium finish, it weighs just a mere 21.8 ounces and occupies just 0.45’’ of lateral space. It’s all what you want- slim-trim, light-weight and good to hold. We are still talking about the tablet.

Okay, moving on from looks, we come to the next thing which matters- brains. Well, Archos 97 Carbon comes powered by an ultra-fast 1 GHz processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. That makes multi-tasking and interacting with the gadget, extremely intuitive. Oh, did we mention that this would run the [canonically] latest version of Android- Android 4.0- Ice Cream Sandwich.

With access to Google Play, you would have access to over 600,000 apps and games. Archos promises you would never get bored with this board. The device also includes 16 GB of internal memory space with an expandable MMC slot option [up to 32 GB]. You can even expand your storage by plugging a USB drive as 97 Carbon comes with an on-board full-sized USB host port.

Shifting our perspective a little, let’s concentrate on one thing which matters the most when it comes to tablets- the display. The 9.7 inch touchscreen with IPS technology recognizes up to 5 touches and delivers pictures at mesmerizing resolution. The colors have never been so vivid, so resplendent and so lively before. It also provides extremely wide viewing angles which makes sure you never take your eyes off her. Though it falls a tad short in delivering the sharpness and crispness of the Retina display in iPad3, it does not match their ludicrous price-tag as well.

Switching to media-support, the device supports Full HD decoding which allows you to play any HD [1080p] video at full resolution.  97 Carbon also comes instilled with a HDMI-out port which allows you to play Full HD [1080p] videos from your mobile to an HDTV. You can also capture videos from the two cameras [front and back] inculcated under the hood. The cam quality is not great, but since you are not buying a tab to snap pictures, squawking about it makes little sense.

As mentioned by Henri Crohas, Archos Founder and CEO, “We want to introduce a series which combines affordability with adroit features and slim cum crafty design.” That’s exactly what 97 Carbon does with the tacked in features and an utter modest price tag of $229- $249.

We see this gadget doing well with the mainstream budget-concerned and tablet-loving audience. We feel this “ELEMENT” could be the Higgs Boson of the tablet world, fascinating and newly discovered.