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ARCHOS Intros Platinum Line of Tablets – HD IPS Displays, Quad-Core CPU’s and 2GB of RAM

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Today, ARCHOS announced their new Platinum Range tablet lineup. There are three tablets and each boast some pretty noteworthy specifications. There is an 8″ slate called the 80 Platinum, a 9.7″ called the 97 Platinum, and an enormous 11.6″ beast called (you guessed it) the 116 Platinum. 

Each tablet in the lineup will incorporate the following features listed below.

  • 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

Being the competitors ARCHOS are, these tablets are priced quite well. The 8″ tablet will start at just $199 and launches in February, the 9.7″ will sell for $299 at the same time, and the 11.6″ monster will go on sale in April for $349. At those price points and with these impressive specs, it looks like they might have found a winning formula that can get consumers interested.

Think you might pick one up?

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.

  • name

    Ahh I see what they did there… ARCHOS knows what time it is :D 4:20 xD

  • Christopher Riner

    Hell, I wasn’t really interested until I saw the price points.

  • LagunaPhil

    I have an iPad4 I can still return, was thinking of doing so to upgrade to 128gb but now this has me thinking twice about doing so. I’ve had Archos products in the past, their initial 4.7 display model was actually pretty good although at that time you had to pay extra for the codec allowing you to play MP4 video file. Don’t know if that’s still the case ($40 extra). I like the expandable memory including usb host support via OTG. The 8gb onboard memory isn’t great but with so many options wouldn’t be a deal breaker. Gee, if I returned my iPad I could get two of these! (Assuming quality turns out to be good I probably will.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607841053 Dave Colley

    Looks interesting but are they still charging these via the tiny little pin adapter?

  • http://twitter.com/natthompson_ Nat Thompson

    LOL @ the time on the tablet.

  • Dat Nguyen

    Just because iPad did it first should not make it off limits. Web browsing and content consumption is better in 4:3 and 4:3 is more “rotatable”. 16:9 is better for widescreen movies and smartly built apps that take advantage of the real estate for tools and controls managed on one side leaving the core body to make… a 4:3 ratio. Once that design becomes the norm for apps, the wide format will prevail as widescreens did over the traditional 4:3 monitors.

    I think this is a win for Android not because it mimics the traditional iPad ratio, because it further expresses Android’s capacity for variation. Props to Archos.

  • gary

    until I saw the draft which said $4550, I did not believe that my brothers friend could trully earning money parttime at there labtop.. there best friend has done this for only thirteen months and resently cleared the dept on their place and bought a brand new Mitsubishi Evo. this is where I went, jump14.om

  • http://twitter.com/HughHansen Hugh Hansen

    Apple should sue (really). Those are iPad clones.

    • S2556

      because they are rectangle?

      • http://twitter.com/HughHansen Hugh Hansen

        No. Because they look exactly like iPads. All tablets are rectangle. These are the only ones that look exactly like iPads (aside from iPads).

        The back of the thing is same looking aluminum with the same bevel.

        The front is 4:3 and the bezel looks to be exactly the same size (even is thinner on the sides than it is on the top and bottom).

        Front-facing camera hole is the exact same size.

        Back-facing camera placement and look is the same.

        Screen resolution is exactly the same.

        • Tony Allen

          *Hint*

          Apple only goes after someone that might be a marketshare threat to them, not because the products actually imitate their own. ;-)

  • Sjschwar

    does it only come in white?
    they must be cheaping out somewhere with those awesome prices. Battery possibly? Plastic case?

    • Kevin Rees

      no bluetooth or gps kinda sucks for one

  • thatguy2048
    • Charles Hobbs

      This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the specs…

  • asianrage

    I hope the processor isn’t one of those no-name Chineses brand.

  • Joey Funk

    I refuse to buy archos ever again. they are worse than verizon with updates.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    There a couple things that could make these utterly fail. Horrible/cheap hardware and horribly skinned Android. These things need stock Android to succeed.

    • jahsoul

      I’m not an Archos apologist but you do realize that they don’t skin their tablet. It’s pretty barebones Android. Their media player app is actually pretty good.

  • MichaelFranz

    the 97 sounds mint. Let’s see what happens, i’ve been looking to step down to a higher then 8in lower then 10in tablet.

  • spunker88

    It sounded all good until I noticed the 4:3 aspect ratio. Quit trying to copy the iPad and make your tablet widescreen, especially if you are including HDMI output. Nobody wants to have everything letterboxed. Besides the screen, the rest of the specs are a great deal for your money.

    • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

      I do mostly reading on my tablets/laptops/phone devices and 4:3 allows for greater width and height when reading. Letterbox is great for movies which I do not believe is the primary use for said devices. 4:3 isn’t as dead as everyone thinks and for once iThink Apple got it right, until they caved with the iP5 which iStill believe 4:3 for reading is better and they lost their advantage in screen ratio.

      Yep all just my opinion so chill before attacking lol and ya, I am not iFan, as far as u can be from it lol just check out my hitler vid if you dont believe me

    • Joe

      It’s only the 9.7 that’s got the 4:3 ratio, the others are wide screen.
      I agree, I definitely wouldn’t want anything but widescreen for a table, one of my fravorite uses on my tablets are watching movies, tv shows, etc

      • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

        Ya I hear ya… I am the opposite, I do nothing but reading… and I prefer 4:3, no iDont own a iPad (and would sell it if iWas given one for free lol) but am considering the 4:3 archos.. but on the other hand the 11.6 1080p display might cut the width mustard when viewing portrait so would easily consider that one as well

        • michael arazan

          I’ll still wait for the revamped N 10 with the better processor, this will not have the Google play store, so it sounds like it is forked android

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28e4cFHVqE&context=C400d214ADvjVQa1PpcFOiLGlDqf2sJr2k4TNISoJzm8bFM7wgYKU= TheAndroid1

      “Quit trying to copy the iPad and make your tablet widescreen”
      I don’t think is has to do as much with copying as it has to do with the optimal aspect ratio for different types of content.
      I mainly use my tablets for reading PDFs, which I have found to be much worse on a widescreen display. I also feel like using a 16:9 tablet is extremely awkward to hold in portrait.

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      Best part is they make 0.20$ profit on each one sold.

    • Andrew Taylor

      Another new series of Quad Core Android tablets is coming from Ainol Electronics this month – including the Novo 9 Spark — featuring a Quad Core processor along with a 9.7 inch 2048×1536 (Retina) screen – and a performance 10,000 mAh battery, 4K Digital HDMI, and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash — one of the first Resellers in the U.S. which carries this new product is TabletSprint — and priced at $269.

      Also available through TabletSprint is the Novo 7 Venus – which launched last week
      for $149 — and compares to the Nexus 7 tablet – matching key features, including a Quad Core processor, a 7″ high resolution multi-touch 1280×800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a front camera, Android O/S and Google Play Store preinstalled — while also offering features the Nexus 7 doesn’t include… a 2-megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, an HDMI 1080p port; plus more ways to connect to the internet, including Ethernet as well as 3G/4G Wireless connection through its USB port. TabletSprint also includes $25 in Bonus Apps and a free plan for 3G connection with 500MB of Data each month.

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    Have to see what the quality is like. In the past they’ve been … shall we say.. spotty with build quality and materials.

    Still think that I want whatever comes out to replace the Nexus 10.

    • Tony Allen

      I’m with you, I’m more excited to see what Google brings us as the next iterations of the N7 and N10

  • jerflash

    I have the nexus 7 and i have a 13″ lenovo yoga. i think that 9.7 at 300 is looking real good!

  • Kevin Rees

    That 8″ looks promising and the 9.7 has a ridiculous display it appears