Archos 97 Carbon released in US and UK
Almost as cheap as a 16GB Nexus 7 but with a big screen
Published: 1 August, 2012
The Nexus 7 may have made the 7" tablet even more affordable but the latest tablet from Archos will go after those looking for affordability and a large screen. The 97 Carbon was first announced earlier this month and is now available in the US and UK delivering a tablet with a 9.7" display for just $249.99, or if you're in the UK £229.99. Aside from the screen the rest of the specs don't compare so well to the Nexus 7 but overall it looks like a good deal.
Beneath its 9.7" display with a 1024x768 resolution the 97 Carbon offers a single-core ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable with a microSD card up to 32GB. As well as this there's a 2mp camera on the rear and a front-facing 0.3mp one for video calling. The battery is expected to last for up to 8 hours of battery time and it ships with Android 4.0 installed though any upgrade plans to Jelly Bean are a mystery at the moment.
Comparing it to the 16GB Nexus 7, which seems to have been the most popular version of Google's tablet so far, the tablet is lacking in the processor department but offers the same amount of internal storage and does offer a larger screen, albeit at a lower resolution than it's smaller rival. Other benefits include a HDMI-out port and a full-sized USB port in addition to expandable storage with its microSD card slot.
The tablet is available right now, directly from Archos, in the UK and US for anyone who is interested. Clearly and not surprisingly the tablet hasn't been as tempting as the Nexus and shows no signs of having sold out in either country.