The first tablet of the Element series is the 9.7-inch Archos 97 Carbon coming with a killer price of $250. The 9.7-inch screen translates into a 4:3 aspect ratio, the same like the one on the iPad, but definitely not perfect for watching HD video on the web, mostly encoded in 16:9. The resolution is the same as the one on the OG iPad too, 1024x768 pixels, which is not good news in this day and age of high pixel counts, but we guess that’s what it takes to drop the price so low.
Hardware-wise, the Archos 97 Carbon also takes a few shortcuts, the biggest being a Cortex A8 processor, possible a TI OMAP third-gen chip, which makes the package look a bit underpowered. The Carbon ships with 16GB of internal memory and the possibility to expand with microSD cards.
Also, there will be a 7-inch and 8-inch tablets in the Element series, all with an IPS screen, 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.
source: Archos via Android Spin
Key Features of the Carbon 97:
• 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 HD screen with 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.