French company Archos has presented a new Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OS in the low priced mid-level segment due to be launched soon. The gadget named as Carbon 97 comes as the first of its Element range of tablets, which the company had said earlier will include 7 to 8 inch slates.
As the name Carbon 97 suggests, it has a 9.7 inch multi-touch screen on In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (like that of Lenovo’s IdeaTab S2109) and aspect ratio 4:3. Although the company had coined Archos Elements as a range of low-cost budget tablets, but judging from the specs of first tablet from the series, it is more than an entry-level one.
It easily handles files in the formats AVI/MP4/MKV/MOV/FLV, MP3/WAV/APE / OGG / FLAC and JPEG / BMP / GIF / PNG.
The newbie is powered by ARM Cortex A8 processor with a clock frequency of 1 GHz, has dimensions of 239 x 184 x 11.5 mm and weighs 620g. Specs include:
1 GB of RAM;
16 GB of internal flash memory;
Slot for microSD / SDHC-cards up to 32GB;
Two built-in speakers;
Built-in microphone and two cameras (0.3 megapixel front, 2-megapixel main);
USB 2.0 and HDMI;
Lithium-polymer battery, having a backup of 8 hours for continuous video playback or 20 hours of nonstop playback of audio tracks.
Archos plans to release the 97 Carbon in Europe later this month, and the suggested price for it will be 220 pounds.
Will the Elements range of tablets will be able to pose a threat to recently launched Google’s Nexus 7, only the time will tell.
Archos is known in the market as a consumer electronics company manufacturing portable media players and portable data storage devices, and in recent times as a manufacturer of low budget Android tablet PCs.
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