Archos 97 Carbon Android tablet unveiled as Nexus 7 rival

Archos outs its new 9.7-inch Nexus 7 rival that will launch this month priced £220

Brimmed with fully optimised Google goodness, Archos has unveiled its new 9.7-inch iPad and Nexus 7 rival, the Archos 97 Carbon tablet

Archos is to take on the newly unveiled Google Nexus 7 with the Archos 97 Carbon confirmed for release as the first of the company’s new Elements branded tablets.

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Archos 97 Carbon features a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM within its aesthetically pleasing 11.4mm thick, aluminum finished body.

Weighing in at just 618 grams, the Archos 97 Carbon boasts an iPad rivaling 9.7” 5x Multi-Touch Screen with IPS technology for vivid colours and wide viewing angles. Thanks to its Google Android innards, the new tablet will see users able to access more than 600,000 apps via the Google Play Store.

With a front and back camera, Archos’ latest tablet offering also features 16GB of internal flash memory. Unlike its Apple branded rival, however, this memory can be expanded via the integrated microSD slot or USB flash drive through its full-sized USB port.

Archos founder and CEO Henri Crohas said: “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”.

He added: “With the Elements series we have done just that. It’s the perfect balance of hardware, software optimization and content through the Google Play ecosystem.”

The Archos 97 Carbon will be available sometime this month for the price of £219.99.

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Words: Samantha Loveridge