AndroidTM-4.0 ICS

Well, would you look at what the cat dragged in: ARCHOS, the now-infamous king of cheap Android tablets, has just announced a whole new line of low-end ICS slates - aka "ELEMENTS." Though the line will eventually feature 7", 8", and 9.7" devices, today's announcement was limited to the ARCHOS 97 Carbon, which (as its name suggests) is of the 9.7" variety.

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Before you get too excited, though, check out the rather extremely lackluster spec list:

  • 1GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 21.8 ounces
  • 0.45" thick
  • 9.7" IPS display
  • 16GB of internal flash memory
  • microSD card slot
  • Google app access, including the Play Store
  • Android 4.0

The device will go on sale later this July for $229.99 - $249.99. Looking to pick one up? Considering ARCHOS' history with these gadgets, we'd recommend waiting till the reviews have been published.

DENVER, CO – (July 5, 2012) – 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.”

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    I assume this is one of the Boxchip Allwinner A10 CPUs?

  • cirrus_minor *

    i have an archos arnova 10" G2 with gingerbread, bout 7 months old , runs like a train , goes to show " u dont always get what u pay for " +1 Archos http://cirrusminor.info/2012/01/30/archos-arnova-10g2-review/

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax
  • Himmat Singh

    Really? Volume buttons on the menu bar?


    So....a single core A8 (8? Really?) or a Nexus 7 with a Tegra 3 (quad core A9) for the same price.

  • CorpuscleSchism
  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    huumm should i choose a Jelly bean tegra google pad or a one core ics tab? hard choices

  • Knlegend1

    Hmmm I'm sure someone will buy it.

  • themooncat

    A single core CPU OMG are they having a laugh because I am HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I've ordered my son the NEXUS 7 for the same money with quad core Tegra 3 and Jellybean, now that's more like it.

  • Robert Jakiel


  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    LOL! Is this "new" tablet a joke? Who would even develop a single-core tablet with an ARM Cortex A8 in it? It's just a waste of time -- no one will buy it.

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    We never got any tablet software on the earlier bought Archos tablets. Pretty strange for tablets and poor after sales. Don't buy this crap, I tell family and friends.

  • http://twitter.com/rauelcrespo rauelcrespo

    Yeah, it's about $100 overpriced...this is an AN7(After Nexus 7) world after all.

  • Tyler Chappell

    Here is another one:

    It makes me angry to see these POS android tablets, especially when they are 9.7" with a 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPad. It's a joke, but you won't see Apple trying to sue these now will you? No, because Apple only cares about blatantly and falsely claiming infringement on devices that are far superior to their own products. The one in the link above even comes with cloned Apple earbuds! It would taken a moron or a flatout ignorant consumer to buy these tablets.

  • Pegasus195

    How About This Tablet? The Specs Are Almost The Same With That One, And The Cost Is About $170

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    Needs to be priced below the Nexus 7 for equivalent storage models. IE, an 8GB Archos Elements needs to be well under the 8GB Nexus 7. Probably around $125 tops.