Archos 97 Carbon

Archos today announced a new entry-level line of tablets, known as "Elements." The first device in the series is the Archos 97 Carbon, with a 9.7-inch IPS display running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's got 16GB of internal storage and can take up to a 32GB microSD card, or a flash drive in its full-size USB port. It's also got a 1GHz processor (Archos didn't say what kind) and 1GB of RAM, along with front and rear cameras (again, Archos hasn't given exact specs). But we do know it weighs 21.8 ounces and is 0.45 inches thick. 

In addition to the Carbon 97, Archos says we can expect 7- and 8-inch tablets as well.

The Archos Carbon 97 will be available sometime this month (Archos didn't say when) for between $229.99 and $249.99 in the U.S., while British prices will start at £219.99 (~$340).

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Archos unveils its entry-level 'Elements' line, starting with the 97 Carbon

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So is this ANOTHER one of those clone tablets that run the old iPad screen, and an Allwinner CPU? there are dozens of them, all with a very very slightly different case.

Could be a Rockchip, but it really does look like one of the Chinese clone tabs and has all the same specs. Either way, Rockchip or Allwinner A10 its hardly fast. Does it have Bluetooth? Doesnt say so, that points to the Allwinner.

Archos is a well known company. Also why is it that Brit's always have to pay so much more for the same stuff? I just don't get it.

It doesn't even have volume rockers?? (see icons on bottom left of bar)
That's going to make forcing a reset/power down pretty interesting...

I had my eyes on the 8 inch from the previous series, pretty close to perfect form factor but an annoying built issue turned me away. Hopefully these are better, if the performance is fine then I will have another look at the middle one.

Yeah, the last few tablets from Archos were certified too. That does make them viable for a tablet, but the market isn't what it used to be.

So you're paying $50 more than a Nexus 7 for less horsepower, a worse (but larger) screen, and MicroSD/USB storage.

Someone at Archos PR must be embarrassed having to send out that press release a week after I/O.

At this point, all non-Google tablets have a high bar to meet: Find a way to differentiate yourself from the Nexus 7. If you're going to hang your hat on expandable storage (it appears that's Archos' only selling point) then you need to bundle it with a 32GB MicroSD card and advertise it as a 48GB tablet for only $250. At least that's a bit of a bonus over the Nexus.