Hands-on: ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD and 80 Titanium tablets [VIDEO]


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.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. price is nice but dont like archos.they look like an ipad too smh :(

  2. the notification bar was glitched on the 8.0 lol , well I’m glad their stepping their game up but personally they just don’t seem too reliable.

  3. freezing up. same old crappy quality Archos

    1. yap, ur right… the freeze thing!

  4. Now I know where you were speeding off too. Hows the electric wheel chair treating you? I saw you zooming around in it shouting don’t drink and drive.

  5. ohh man!!! looks like an ipad!! archos is gonna so have it!

  6. It just seems like OEMs have such an opportunity to just go with the smooth experience of stock Jelly bean but they cant help themselves

  7. Not bad. Maybe they’ll fix that glitch before release.

  8. Aluminum body? Does anyone learn on mistakes of others any longer? Archos, ask ASUS how the Wifi and GPS operate in all metal body. Or we are going to have to hold these tablets certain way, just like that other company’s products. Luckily they sell so few units that devs won’t have to bother with 4:3 aspect ratio.

  9. I find this 97 version very attractive, especially with this screen ratio. IPad Retina rippoff witch Android, it’s not a bad idea ! The GPU is lacking so it’s no gaming platform but with 2GB of RAM, multi-tab browsing should be OK.

  10. I think the “generic” quad-core processor is the brand new Rockchip RK3188. And that would explain the crash/lockup. That Rockchip RK3188 does not come out for another 2 months says a CES Rockchip rep.

  11. apple is gonna have a hay day with this one…..

  12. Chris, the guy on the video says he has never seen a screen like that… but the resolution is LOWER than the nexus 16… so…???

    1. 16? well perhaps hes never seen a nexus 10….

  13. Archos = pain for anyone selling, buying, using, or supporting their products.

  14. Frozen demo. What are we gonna do about that?

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