ARCHOS Platinum tablets bring quad-core chipsets and 2GB of RAM starting at $200

ARCHOS has blossomed into one of the better affordable tablet brands there is, and the company has stayed true to its roots with the launch of a new line of “Platinum” tablets. Starting at $200, these tablets will catch your attention with a very nice list of specs to look forward to. All of the tablets feature an HD IPS display, a 1.2GHz quad-core chipset with an 8-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mini-HDMI ports and microSD card slots, and more.

Most of the differences will come in display size and resolution. You can get the 8-inch 1024×768 display version for $200 starting later this month. $300 will net you the 9.7 inch 2048×1536 display, a kit Archos says is “comparable to the iPad’s Retina display, but is 40% less expensive.” That particular unit will also be available later this month. Finally, an 11.6-inch kit with 1920×1080 resolution will be available in April for $350.

Without knowing the make and model of the chipset we’re not sure what, exactly, to expect in terms of performance, but for these prices we imagine that’s not much of a concern for anyone who’s going to be interested. We’ll be on the lookout for exact arrival dates for these gems, but read on for full press details in the meantime. Let us know if ARCHOS has finally succeeded in catching your eye with its new line of tablets.

ARCHOS Introduces the New Platinum Range 
The Platinum tablets are amongst the first Android tablets to offer a super high resolution IPS screen combined with the performance of a Quad-Core CPU

Denver, CO – February 14, 2013 – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, introduces the Platinum range, a new line of tablets that feature a sleek aluminum design combined with the best high definition IPS displays, quad-core processors and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There will be three tablets in the range including an 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 11.6-inch all of which deliver true vivid colors, sharper text and amazingly fast performance.

The entire Platinum range will all share the following features:
• High-Definition IPS display with capacitive multi-touch screen
• QUAD core CPU at 1.2 GHz with 8-core GPU, with 1080p video decoding
• 2 GB RAM
• Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
• Full access to the 700,000 applications
• Archos Media Center applications
• Front and Back Cameras
• Mini-HDMI and Micro SD ports

The ARCHOS 80 Platinum, an 8” tablet, features a 1024×768 resolution IPS screen and when compared to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 it is almost twice as fast, has double the RAM and has a back camera for a fraction of the cost. The 80 Platinum will be available in February for $199.

The ARCHOS 97 Platinum HD, a 9.7” tablet, features a stunning 2048×1536 resolution IPS screen, which is comparable to the Retina display found in the iPad, but is 40% less expensive.
The 97 Platinum HD will be available in February for $299.

The ARCHOS 116 Platinum, an 11.6” tablet, features a 1920×1080 resolution IPS screen, unlike anything currently on the market. The 116 Platinum will be available in April for $349.

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  • THRiLL KiLL

    wonder what the PPi will be on these screens…

    • Crockett Kimberlin

      math it: 8inch 160ppi
      9.7inch 263ppi
      11.6 189ppi

      • THRiLL KiLL

        Im not trying to be snarky, but why does the nook hd, fire hd and the nexus 7 all have different PPi and yet they are the same size?

        • Crockett Kimberlin

          Different resolutions. Some have 1280×800 while others have 1024×768 ppi is basically the ratio of resolution to size.

  • http://twitter.com/macdaddybuff macdaddybuff

    wonder how much storage nothing said about that.

    • Cory Skelton

      Yeah these look very nice and appealing and I may give up saving for a Samsung GNote 10.1 for the bigger one of these, but storage space is critical, my GS3 is totally full at 16 + 32GB, I can manage a little less on a tablet but still.

    • shonangreg

      I would guess the minimum the market demands. So, 8 to 16GB now. Anything over that is still a premium. Archos is offing micro-SD to address the storage demands.

      I’d go for something like this if I knew the OS could be updated easily by the hacking community. The manufacturer promising prompt updates would even come in second to open hackability. The manufacturers will one day stop with the customized updates. The hacking community will continue on as long as there are enough devices out there.

  • http://twitter.com/mjwhirly Matthew Woehrle

    Hopefully its a snapdragon s4 pro chipset and not a tegra 3, or these will be a bust

    • laren31

      I think it neither. It is an all winner processor

  • Fahim Yaqoob

    archos has never been very good.

  • Peter Eriksson
  • Alex Bonilla

    Shitty as ROCKETCHIP!!!! You could even see //ith the hands on. It locked up on Angry Birds.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      I can’t tell you how many phones have locked up on me during hands-on. What people seem to forget is at devices like these shown off at conventions are always running very, very early software.

      I felt the same was as you about Rockchip’s processor but after playing with the tablet it was nice and snappy. Given the price point on these, I’d say Archos did pretty darn good.

  • guitarist5122

    still won’t touch archos with a 9 1/2 ft pole