Today Archos has just announced not only a new tablet, but a brand new lineup they plan to bring to market this summer. Calling it the new Archos ELEMENT series we can expect entry-level 7, 8, and 9.7-inch tablets all running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The first up from Archos is their new 97 Carbon.

Shown in the images is the just announced Archos 97 Carbon, the first slate in the ELEMENTS series and it will only run buyers $249. Coming complete with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, full Google Play Store and Google Apps support, and what Archos calls a “fast 1 GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM.” It looks like they’ve added on-screen volume controls and it even has HDMI-out and a full size USB port too.

Archos has outfitted the tablet with a 9.7-inch IPS panel for superior viewing angles and colors, but didn’t bother mentioning the resolution. We are assuming it will be 1024 x 768 like many 9.7-inch tablets, especially since this is a budget offering. It also comes complete with a front and rear camera but they were light on those details too. With Google’s Nexus 7 offering an HD display and quad-core I’m a little worried for Archos’ latest tablet already. Archos has confirmed it will be available later this month starting at just $249.

  • Frans-Peter van der Leur

    My Archos tablet is still runing Android 2.2, has never seen any tablet software. Pretty strange for a tablet. After sales is very bad at Archos. I would not recommend any Archos to family or friends.

  • Nay Sayer

    Seriously, 1024×768 and 1 ghz for $249? Google can do a quad core 1280×800 for the same price point. Why bother wasting time reporting on these people?

    • It’s a 9.7″ screen, instead of 7″ screen. That makes the largest difference in price. Oh and Archos has an HDMI output, if you want to use Nexus 7 with your TV, you’re out of luck. You will eventually be able to use Miracast (WiFi display mirroring) , but this will cost extra as you need to connect another device to your TV.