Feb 14th, 2013

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.