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Archos unveils 97 Carbon Android tablet

Archos 97 Carbon offers Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget

Archos has revealed its 97 Carbon, the first of the new Elements range of Android tablets.

The 97 Carbon runs Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will launch this month in the UK with a price of £219. It uses an Apple iPad style 4:3 9.7in in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768. See alsoGroup test: What's the best tablet PC?

Archos Carbon 97 Elements

Archos' 97 Carbon seems an attractive package for a reasonable price but will have to go up against the Google Nexus 7 which starts at £159 and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Henri Crohas, CEO of Archos said: "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. With the Elements series we have done just that. It’s the perfect balance of hardware, software optimization and content through the Google Play ecosystem."

The 97 Carbon is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 1GB of RAM. The tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. The tablet also offers Mini HDMI, dual cameras, Wi-Fi and microUSB.

Archos touts a battery life of eight hours for video playback. The 97 Carbon is 11.5mm thick and weighs 620g. The firm will also launch 7in and 8in models within the Elements range later this year. No pricing or specification has been announced for these.

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