Archos 97 Carbon: 9.7in tablet now available for £230

Archos 97 Carbon: 9.7in tablet now available for £230It’s tablet mania at the moment, and another new chap with an incredibly reasonable price tag is the Archos 97 Carbon.

The official Archos site is offering the 97 Carbon for £229.99, £30 more than the 16GB Asus Nexus 7, though it has a few bonus features that might be of interest to Jimmy Tablet Buyer.

The Archos 97 Carbon is the first in the Archos Elements range, "combining performance and affordability in a Google certified tablet".

Archos 97 Carbon specs include a 9.7in 1024 x 768 display (with IPS for angled viewing), 16GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, 1GB of RAM, a modest 1GHz single-core processor, 2MP rear camera, WVGA front shooter, and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Phew.

Had enough yet? The Archos 97 Carbon also has stereo speakers, HDMI video out, a full-size USB port, and a microSD slot.

So, the Archos 97 Carbon is arguably better and worse than the Asus Nexus 7, the latter essentially having a faster processor (quad-core Tegra 3), and a higher resolution on a smaller screen yielding a much higher PPI.

Interesting. I smell an Archos 97 Carbon vs Asus Nexus 7 feature coming on…

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JohnnyRob  Jul. 31, 2012 at 23:03

"single-core processor".....why? It's outdated as soon as it is launched!

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 1, 2012 at 01:39

It has a two year old processor and GPU powering a 720p display....that's going to be a pleasant user experience.

Save £30 and a get a Nexus 7. Or save £230 and get neither. They're the only two sensible options here.

barrybarryk  Aug. 1, 2012 at 02:20

Apart from the screen it has the exact same spec as the £85 7" tablet I use as a glorified ebook reader for work, I'd bet it's even the same soc. Comparing it to the nexus 7 is silly.

Treab  Aug. 1, 2012 at 02:43

Apart from the screen it has the exact same spec as the £85 7" tablet I use as a glorified ebook reader for work, I'd bet it's even the same soc. Comparing it to the nexus 7 is silly.

if it wasn't for the price ;)

barrybarryk  Aug. 1, 2012 at 02:52

Apart from the screen it has the exact same spec as the £85 7" tablet I use as a glorified ebook reader for work, I'd bet it's even the same soc. Comparing it to the nexus 7 is silly.if it wasn't for the price ;) Not really the nexus 7 is a good tablet that's cheap, that's a **** tablet that's expensive.

Treab  Aug. 1, 2012 at 03:36

Apart from the screen it has the exact same spec as the £85 7" tablet I use as a glorified ebook reader for work, I'd bet it's even the same soc. Comparing it to the nexus 7 is silly.if it wasn't for the price ;) Not really the nexus 7 is a good tablet that's cheap, that's a **** tablet that's expensive.

true.. which is why we can compare it... its fecking funny.

Stelph  Aug. 1, 2012 at 09:58

Hmm, bit rubbish from Archos this one, for similar money I would get this

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-10-1280x800-ips-3g-micro-sd-full-size-usb-slot-254-lenovo-1277979

Might not be Tegra 3 but the Tegra 2 still has legs, and this tablet has great connectivity, a smart stylus and now upgraded to ICS

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 1, 2012 at 10:21

Hmm, bit rubbish from Archos this one, for similar money I would get this

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-10-1280x800-ips-3g-micro-sd-full-size-usb-slot-254-lenovo-1277979

Might not be Tegra 3 but the Tegra 2 still has legs, and this tablet has great connectivity, a smart stylus and now upgraded to ICS

Still better than the Archos' unnamed 1ghz single-core job (with no GPU even mentioned). At least with a Tegra 2 you know what you're getting.

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