Another new Android tablet is about to hit the market. This one is from Archos and is called the 97 Carbon. It actually could be a decent product because it matches up a larger 9.7-inch IPS screen with a decent price of between $229.99-$249.99. Here are a few more specs followed by the press release:
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9.7-inch IPS display
  • 1GHz processor
  • HDMI out
  • A full-sized USB port
  • Front and rear cameras
  • 16GB of storage and a microSD slot
  • 0.45-inch thick aluminum casing

It seems that all the manufacturers, even the little guys like Archos, are striving to find ways to compete with the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. This is not a bad price for a decent looking device. What do you guys think?

ARCHOS Releases New ELEMENTS Line; Introduces First in the Series, the 97 Carbon

ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, is pleased to introduce the ARCHOS 97 carbon, the first of its new tablet range called "ELEMENTS", an entry-level line up of 7, 8, and 9.7 inch tablets that combine ARCHOS design and engineering with full access to Google PlayTM and a full suite of Google apps at an affordable price.

Equipped with the latest mobile technology and an elegant aluminum finish, the ARCHOS 97 Carbon is only 21.8 ounces and 0.45" thick. Its sharp and clear IPS multi-touch screen delivers amazing vivid colors and impressive wide viewing angles. For the smoothest interface experience, ARCHOS has powered this tablet with a fast 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM while running AndroidTM 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich".

Combining very high performance hardware, intuitive software and affordability, this Google PlayTM supported device will be available starting in July 2012 for $229.99 - $249.99 SRP.

"We wanted to introduce a new series that not only combines affordability with a new slim design, but features the best that Google has to offer," says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO. "With the ELEMENTS series we have done just that. It's the perfect balance of hardware, software optimization and content through the Google PlayTM ecosystem."