Archos Unveils Platinum Tablet Trio

  • High-definition IPS display
  • Android 4.1: Jelly Bean
  • Archos Media Center app

Archos announced the launch of its Platinum range of tablets Thursday. The new line has that sleek aluminum Apple-like design and is packed with some graphical power and HD displays to show it off.

  • High-definition IPS display
  • Android 4.1: Jelly Bean
  • Archos Media Center app

Archos announced the launch of its Platinum range of tablets Thursday. The new line has that sleek aluminum Apple-like design and is packed with some graphical power and HD displays to show it off.

But that’s not the good news, what’s great is that despite that high-class feel the Archos line was launched with the competition in mind and is priced to take other slates down.

The new Archos tablets come in 8-, 9.7- and 11.6- flavors. Each model features a high-definition IPS display, has front and back cameras as well as Mini-HDMI and microSD ports. Each sports a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and an 8-core GPU with 1080p video decoding, along with 2GB of RAM. All run Android 4.1: Jelly Bean, and the package comes complete with the Archos Media Center app.

The Archos 80 Platinum is the 8-inch version, which comes with a 1024 x 768 resolution display. Archos is happy to compare this model to the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD.

Though the screen resolution on the Archos 80 doesn't really compare, it has a bit more horsepower than the Amazon slab. And the 80 does come in quite a bit cheaper at US$199.

Stepping things up, there is the Archos 97 Platinum HD. The 9.7-inch display featuring a sharp 2048 x 1536 resolution, matching the quality of Retina display. The tablet is the same size and sharpness as the iPad 4, but is much less pricy at $299.

Then there's the Archos 116 Platinum that's "unlike anything currently on the market," according to a company press release. It measures in at a whopping 11.6 inches, but with a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen, it's not as sharp as the 97. Despite its bigger size, it's fairly affordable at $349.

Both Archos 80 and 97 Platinum tablets launch in February around the world, though they might hit Europe a few weeks before they reach State-side. The 116 Platinum is also heading for a world release sometime in April. We've yet to hear Australian pricing.

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