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Archos 97 Carbon review

The Archos 97 Carbon is one of the many Android-powered tablets available from electronics maker Archos. The difference between the 97 Carbon and the other models in the Archos tablet lineup lies in screen size and default software configuration. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich pre-installed and features a 9.7-inch 1024x768 pixel resolution touchscreen display. If you’re keen, you might notice that its screen is similar to that of the first-generation Apple iPad. So can you expect to get a similar overall user experience with it?

The short answer to that question is no. You’re going to get an entirely different experience with the 97 Carbon, what with it running one of the latest versions of the Android software. And, from the looks of it, Archos didn’t do much to mess with the default Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich skin. Which is a good thing, considering how many other manufacturers ruin the experience by customizing the software too much. As for hardware, it offers a decent combination of parts. There’s a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU with 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 2MP camera, microUSB, Wi-Fi, HDMI-out, and support for microSD cards.

At 620 grams (21.9 ounces) and about 11mm thick (0.43 inches), it may be a bit too chunky for some. But that same chunkiness is what lets the Archos 97 Carbon offer up to 8 hours of battery life in terms of video playback per full charge. Ultimately, it may come down to price as the deciding factor. With the appearance of low-cost yet powerful Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7, it will be a tough to see the 97 Carbon as an attractive option. But of course, that could change quite easily if the price is right.

Need to Know: Archos 97 Carbon

1. Comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. (The Good)

2. Offers up to 8 hours of battery life per charge for video playback. (The Good)

3. Internal storage is limited to 16GB. (The Bad)

4. Lacks GPS, NFC, and other important wireless capabilities. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

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Screen Size

The Archos 97 Carbon's screen size is 9.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Cortex-A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

97 Carbon Specs

Release date July 11, 2012
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Cortex-A8 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.4 x 23.9 x 1.1 cm (7.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 620 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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