Archos has expanded its entry-level Elements tablet lineup with a device called the Archos 97 Xenon. This is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that is driven by a 1.4GHZ processor, which is an improvement over the 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU found on the Archos 97 Carbon. The Carbon tablet, it may be noted, is also a recent Archos device, which was released just this summer.
Not everything on the new tablet, however, is an improvement. For one, its memory and internal flash storage are lower at 512MB and 4GB, respectively. The Carbon, in comparison, sports 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage.
Both devices, however, are packed with a display measuring 9.7 inches diagonally. This display is a capacitive touchscreen with support for five-point multi-touch gestures and 16 million colors. It has an HD screen resolution of 1024 x 768 and comes with IPS technology.
Furthermore, the tablet comes with built-in speakers, a microphone, and a G-Sensor. Photo enthusiasts will find a main camera at its rear with a 2-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, on its front is a 0.3-megapixel camera. Connectivity features include built-in 3G, WiFi 802.11, and GPS. It is unknown, however, if Archos will be offering 3G connectivity on all models of the Xenon tablet, or if some of them will have Wi-Fi alone.
Its other features are a 3.5 mm audio jack, an SDHC compatible microSD card slot for expansion, a micro USB slave 2.0, and a USB 2.0 port.
The device’s internal Lithium Polymer battery promises 8 hours of video playback time and 20 hours of music playback.
To give possible buyers a clear picture, the Xenon tablet has dimensions of 248 x 188 x 11.5 mm and weighs 650g.
Archos has not announced the tablet’s price or when it will be available in the market. It may be less expensive than the $230 Carbon tablet, given its lower storage capacity and RAM.