New Android Platinum tablets from Archos: Quad-core, high def displays & low prices

by David Needle

February 14 2013

Kindle FIre HD killer? The Archos 80 Platinum is priced $100 less than Amazon's equivalent tablet with better key specs.
Kindle FIre HD killer? The Archos 80 Platinum is priced $100 less than Amazon's equivalent tablet with better key specs.

Archos is coming out with a new lineup of Android-based tablets that don’t skimp on key features despite aggressive pricing. All three include a quad-core central processor and an 8-core graphics processor with 1080p video decoding and 2 GB of RAM as well as Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and high definition IPS displays.

The Archos 80 Platinum includes an 8-inch, 1024 x 768 display and is, according to Archos, almost twice as fast as Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD ($299) with twice the RAM (2 GB) and front and back cameras for $199. It’s set to be released this month.

What might be considered the mid-range model of the three, the Archos 97 Platinum HD is a 9.7-inch tablet with 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS display that Archos says is comparable to the iPad’s Retina display. Price is $299.

Lastly, the top of the line Archos 116 Platinum features an 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display “unlike anything currently on the market,” according to Archos. Despite the high end, bigger display, the 116 Platinum undercuts name brand Windows and Android competitors, as well as the iPad, with a $349 price.


But you’ll have to stay tuned, Archos says the 116 Platinum won’t be available until April. 

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