Archos launches 97 Carbon tablet

Another company is joining the tablet fray as Archos has unveiled their own version set to pit against affordable Android tablets and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

The Archos 97 Carbon is the Archos first entry level tablet in its Elements line. It is being powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Archos 97 Carbon features a 1GHz ARM processor, 1GB of RAM with a rear and front facing camera, a 16GB built in memory, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD, and a 1024 x 768 display.

According to the CEO of Archos, Henri Crohas, “We wanted to introduce a new series that not only combines affordability with a new slim design, but features the best that Googles has to offer. 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 tablet will be available later this month. Priced at $249.99, it is soft on the pocket.

Archos is also set to release a 7 inch and 8 inch tablet in its Elements line sometime in the future.

The Archos 97 Carbon also gives its users full-access to the Google Play store for purchasing and downloading apps.

Are you willing to trade your Kindle tab for the Archos 97 Carbon?

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Google Nexus 7 packs a mean battery punch!

Google’s upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet has to be seen not from the outside, but from the inside then out.

Taking a look at the Google Nexus 7 tablet, it is not as impressive as it is. But when you take a look at its impressive battery, you’d surely stop and rethink about buying other tablets.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a 4,236 mAh, 16 Wh battery, which can let you tinker with your tablet for over 9 hours and 50 minutes. This data comes from iFixIt which presumably has done a test for the product.

Although the Nexus 7 tablet’s battery is smaller, compared to Amazon Kindle Fire’s 4,400 mAh, the latter can only last up to seven hours.

Some even say that the Google Nexus 7 can last up to ten hours which can be compared to Apple’s latest iPad.

What’s great about the Nexus 7 is that you can easily reach the battery of the latter without using a screwdriver. This is something new with the Nexus 7 and something that the iPad can’t do.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a quad core processor and is being run by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

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Windows 8 based tablets set to topple the iPad

Are we ready for the impending tech wars?

The iPad is known to be the leader of the tablet market and has left its competition to pick up the remnants of its wrath. Now, Acer Inc., Toshiba Corp and Asustek Computer Inc. are set to reveal their tablets running on Microsoft’s new OS, the Windows 8.

In their effort to have a bigger piece of the pie, the three companies are pumped up with impending release of their own tablets.

Acer will unveil their version at the Computex show in Taipei. Toshiba, on the other hand, will show their tablet and a notebook-type device on that same event. Asustek will publicize their tablets with a detachable keyboard (like their Prime models) during the same show.

The annual Computex event gives developers that chance to show their prototypes before it is released to the public.

Currently, tablets that run in Android and iOS are the ones lording over the market (they have a combined 91% of the market share).

These Windows 8 tablets will be the first of its kind since it will feature processors that use ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology. This is a chip developed by Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Nvidia Corp.

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