Archos has been around since 2006 building tablet as far back as the Windows XP days when they used to be fashionable in the workplace. Archos is not new to the Android game and has unveiled a variety of Honeycomb-based tablets. Today, they’re unveiling the ELEMENTS lineup comprised of 7, 8 and 9.7 inch tablet making use of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The ARCHOS 97 carbon can decode full 1080p HD video and can even send that video to an HDTV via HDMI-out. The ARCHOS 97 in particular uses a 9.7 inch multi-touch IPS screen in an aluminum body.
Additionally, the Archos 97 carbon also supports Flash 11 for the widest range of internet compatibility possible for a tablet.
|Capacity||• Flash memory: 16 GB*
• Expandable via micro SDHC Slot up to 32 GB
|Application Framework||• ANDROID™ 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”|
|Processor||• ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz|
|RAM memory||• 1GB|
|Display characteristics||• 9.7 inch 4:3 format – Capacitive 5 points MultiTouch Screen 16 million colors
• 1024 x 768 HD screen resolution
• IPS Technology
|Video Playback1||• H.264 up to 1080p resolution – 30 fps
• MPEG-42 – 30 fps
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: .avi .mp4 ,mkv, .mov, and .flv
|Audio Playback1||• MP3, WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC|
|Photo viewer3||• JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG|
|Interfaces||• Micro USB slave 2.0
• USB port 2.0
• Audio Jack 3.5mm
• Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) Up to 32 GB
• HDMI output (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
|Communication protocols||• WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)|
|Miscellaneous||• 2 built-in speakers
• Front camera 0.3 MP
• Back camera 2.0 MP
|Power source||• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• 9V/2A Power Adapter
|Battery life4||• Video playback time: 8h
• Music playback time: 20h
|Dimensions & weight||• 239 x 184 x 11.5mm – 620g|
|Minimum system requirements||• Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista, XP or higher and Windows Media Player 11
• Mac OS. X with Transfer Files application (not included)
• Linux with android MTP tool (not included)
|Computer Interface||• USB 2.0 interface|
|Package includes||• ARCHOS 97 carbon, USB cable, Power adapter, Quick Start Guide (QSG)|
The Google PlayTM supported device will be available starting in July 2012 for $229.99 – $249.99 SRP. With prices like these, the Archos 97 looks competitive on paper. Check the jump on the press release for more info.
DENVER, CO – (July 5, 2012) – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, is pleased to introduce the ARCHOS 97 carbon, the first of its new tablet range called “ELEMENTS”, an entry-level line up of 7, 8, and 9.7 inch tablets that combine ARCHOS design and engineering with full access to Google PlayTM and a full suite of Google apps at an affordable price.
Equipped with the latest mobile technology and an elegant aluminum finish, the ARCHOS 97 Carbon is only 21.8 ounces and 0.45” thick. Its sharp and clear IPS multi-touch screen delivers amazing vivid colors and impressive wide viewing angles. For the smoothest interface experience, ARCHOS has powered this tablet with a fast 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM while running AndroidTM 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”.
Combining very high performance hardware, intuitive software and affordability, this Google PlayTM supported device will be available starting in July 2012 for $229.99 – $249.99 SRP.
“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,” says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO. “With the ELEMENTS series we have done just that. It’s the perfect balance of hardware, software optimization and content through the Google PlayTM ecosystem.”