Jan 10th, 2013 publishUpdated   Jan 14th, 2013, 12:17 pm

Announced earlier today, we rushed over to Archos’ booth at CES 2013 to try out their new line of Titanium tablets. A low-priced alternative to the iPad, the Archos 80 Titanium ($170) and 97 Titanium ($250) were the most intriguing to us simply because of the higher-end specs housed inside a sleek aluminum case. In fact, the rep we spoke separated the tabs further calling them their “Platinum” line. We gave these bad boys a spin and you can check out our hands-on video down below.

Featuring higher-end build quality and materials than you’re used to from Archos, the 97 Platinum HD tab was the model I was most smitten with. I found the 4:3  form factor easier to hold in the hand, and the 2048×1536 Super IPS display was unlike anything I’ve seen on an Android tablet — ever. Both tabs feature “generic” quad-core processors with Mali graphics, 2GB of RAM and 2MP cameras outfitted on the front and back of the tabs. In our short time with the tablets, things moved nice and smooth thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and apps opened up nice and snappy. Also included is a full range of ports (micro USB, HDMI) and memory expansion slot, for those with huge media libraries.

We also gave the ARCHOS 70 and 101 Titanium a spin, but found the dual-core Rockchip processor putting a damper on the Android experience. Still for that price point ($120-$200), it could make a great tablet for the kiddies (or adults on a budget). For our readers, you guys are going to wanna stick with the Platinum 80 and 97 HD for sure. You can see more of the tablets in our gallery below.

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