Archos ’97 Carbon’ Tablet Now On Sale
Archos is among the early and better known companies that used a relatively cheaper price tag to ensure mass acceptance of its tablet offerings. The French company is back this time with a brand new offering in the form of 97 Carbon packed as usual with quite decent specs.
The 97 Carbon is running on a 1 GHz single core ARM Cortex A8 CPU coupled with a 1 GB RAM. On Board storage stands at 16 GB with there being a microSD card slot as well to allow for further expansion. Also, the tablet comes with a 9.7 inch IPS display having a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and runs Android 4.0 ICS. The tablet also boasts of an USB port as well as access to the Google Play Store.
Among the apps the tablet will come pre-loaded with include Office Suite Viewer that will let users read MS Office files like Word, Excel and Power Point. Then there will also be a demo version of the puzzle game, World of Goo. Other apps the 97 Carbon device will come with include News Republic that provides a continuous stream of world news and Brief Me that allows for customizing social media feeds.
The tablet is listed at the Archos online store for $250 which might be affordable in its own right though there obviously is the Nexus 7 factor that the Archos tablet will have to take care to ensure it survives while the Nexus 7 is already flourishing. That the balance is heavily titled in favor of the Google tablet is all too clear, what with four times more processing power along with the latest Android Jelly Bean version experience that it has to offer, all at the same price. In fact, the 97 Carbon specification looks pretty plane jane in comparison to the Nexus 7 and the only few things that the Archos tablet has to its favor include a bigger 9.7 inch display, a USB port and a microSD card support. Whether these ensure the tablet a good audience remains to be seen.
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