Archos announces 9.7-inch ICS tablet 97 Carbon for $249.99

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Archos announces 9.7-inch ICS tablet 97 Carbon for $249.99
French electronics company Archos has announced the launch of Archos 97 carbon, the first tablet in its "Elements" range. Archos 97 Carbon is a 9.7-inch display tablet powered 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Archos 97 Carbon sports an aluminium finish, is just 0.45-inches thick and weighs 620 grams. The tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot, capable of adding another 32GB. A HDMI-out port and a USB 2.0 port are included as well. Front and rear cameras are thrown in for good measure.

"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," said Henri Crohas, Archos Founder and CEO. "With the Elements series we have done just that. It's the perfect balance of hardware, software optimisation and content through the Google Play ecosystem."

The Google Play supported device will be available in the US later this month for $249.99. The company plans to expand the Elements range with 7-inch and 8-inch tablets, though it gave no timeline for.

Archos has a presence in India with tablets like the Archos 7 series as well as the Archos G9 series, so one can expect the Archos 97 carbon to find its way to Indian shores as well. No word on when that may be or the likely pricing.
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