Archos introduces its newest Android-based device, a 9.7” tablet priced at only $250. It will feature 16GB onboard storage, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), 5-point multi-touch display, a microSD card slot, 1080p HD video playback capability, rear-facing and front-facing camera. Archos not only wants to combine a slim design with affordability, but also the best Google currently has to offer. The Element series is expected to provide a perfect balance between rich content, software optimization and powerful hardware.
The Element lineup begins with the 97 Carbon and it will be followed by other 7” and 8” tablets. Archos bills its Element tablets as “entry-level” and market them as gateways to company’s other devices. Archos bundles 5Gb of free cloud service using Google Drive and the tablet will also come preloaded with Office Suite Viewer, World of Goo, Brief Me and News Republic. The aluminum-coated tablet tips the scale slightly above 600 grams and measures 11mm thick. The 1GHz single-core processor and 1GB of RAM should be enough for average usages.