ARCHOS Announces The ARCHOS 97 Carbon Tablet, The First In Its’ ‘Element’ Series

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Today Archos introduced the first tablet in its’ “Element” series, the ARCHOS 97 Carbon. The 97 Carbon will launch with a 9.7-inch IPS display, and have Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at launch. Henri Crohas, founder and CEO of ARCHOS, stated, “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. 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.”

Specifications for the 97 Carbon tablet are as follows:

  • 9.7” 5x Multi-Touch Screen with IPS technology
  • Optimized for Google PlayTM: Over 600,000 apps and games, the world’s largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies, and a growing selection of TV shows and magazines
  • A complete media device, the ARCHOS 97 carbon can decode full 1080p HD video and can send a 1080p HD video to an HDTV via the HDMI-out port
  • Stylish design with premium aluminum finish and a 0.45” thickness
  • Front and back camera
  • Includes 16GB* of internal flash memory, expandable both via the microSD slot (supporting SDHC cards up to 32GB) or via a USB flash drive in its full-sized USB host port
  • Includes access to Android apps from Google, including Gmail™, Google Talk™, Google+™, Google MapsTM, YouTubeTM and 5GB of free cloud storage with Google DriveTM
  • Pre-loaded with Office Suite Viewer for reading office documents, a demo of World of Goo–-the critically acclaimed puzzle game, as well as News Republic and Brief Me to manage your world news and customized social media feeds

The ARCHOS 97 Carbon will be available starting in July 2012 for $249.99, which would immediately place the device in competition with the recently announced Nexus 7. For more information, check out the full press release below.

ARCHOS Releases New ELEMENTS Line; Introduces First in the Series, the 97 Carbon

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.”

Key Features:

  • 9.7” 5x Multi-Touch Screen with IPS technology
  • Optimized for Google PlayTM: Over 600,000 apps and games, the world’s largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies, and a growing selection of TV shows and magazines
  • A complete media device, the ARCHOS 97 carbon can decode full 1080p HD video and can send a 1080p HD video to an HDTV via the HDMI-out port
  • Stylish design with premium aluminum finish and a 0.45” thickness
  • Front and back camera
  • Includes 16GB* of internal flash memory, expandable both via the microSD slot (supporting SDHC cards up to 32GB) or via a USB flash drive in its full-sized USB host port
  • Includes access to Android apps from Google, including Gmail™, Google Talk™, Google+™, Google MapsTM, YouTubeTM and 5GB of free cloud storage with Google DriveTM
  • Pre-loaded with Office Suite Viewer for reading office documents, a demo of World of Goo–-the critically acclaimed puzzle game, as well as News Republic and Brief Me to manage your world news and customized social media feeds

For more information about the ARCHOS Elements line, visit www.ARCHOS.com.

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