Jul 31, 2012
Android has seen the rise of the cheap tablet, and they have all been in the smaller, 7″ range. However, Archos has released a budget-priced full-size tablet. The Archos 97 Carbon is a 10″ tablet (9.7″ rounded up â€“ same size as the iPad) that retails at $249, and is now available.
Now, unlike the Nexus 7, the Archos 97 doesn’t feature top-notch specs. While its 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage are welcome, the processor is an underwhelming 1GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8. Basically, this thing will pale in comparison to the Tegra 3 powering the Nexus 7.
The screen is an interesting choice; while it is a quality IPS screen, it’s actually 4:3, with a resolution of 1024×768, same as the iPad. While mimicking the iPad is not a bad choice per se, many Android tablets use 16:10 ratios, and apps are generally designed to support that resolution. It just stands out.
While the Archos 97 may not be the strongest tablet on the market, it could be an interesting choice for the user looking for a low-cost tablet, while still wanting the benefits of the bigger screen size.
Source: Android Police