ARCHOS releases new Platinum tablets for its Elements series

October 4, 2013
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    Archos platinum tabletsARCHOS, the French smartphone and tablet manufacturer, has released details of three new tablets for its Elements series. The new Platinum tablets all come with quad-core processors, dual-band Wi-Fi, 8 GB of storage, run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean  and include the normal Google Apps such as Google Play. The new tablets are the ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD, the ARCHOS 101 Platinum and the ARCHOS 80b Platinum which have 9.7 inch, 10.1 inch and 8 inch displays respectively.

    At the heart of the new tablets is an unnamed quad-core Cortex-A9 based processor running at 1.6Ghz built using a 28 nanometer process. The SoC is said to include a quad-core Mali 400 MP4 GPU. Although unconfirmed that sounds like the new RK3188 which Rockchip announced earlier this year.

    ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD

    The ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD has the best specification of the three new tablets and includes a 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 IPS display and 2GB of RAM. It also features a 2 MP front camera along with a 2 MP also on the back. The ARCHOS 101 Platinum is bigger and packs a 10.1 IPS display, but it has a lower resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels. It also has 2 GB of RAM and a 2MP back camera, but only spots a 0.3 MP camera on the front. It also includes GPS, something missing from the other two. The smallest of the three is the ARCHOS 80b Platinum which has an 8 inch 1024 x 768 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM and the same 0.3 and 2 MP camera as the 101 Platinum.

    All three tablets also have¬†Bluetooth, a micro USB port, a microSD card slot, and a mini HDMI port.¬†There is no official word on pricing but there are a few online sites which are starting to take pre-orders. Adorama.com currently lists the¬†97b Platinum for $299 while J&R is offering the¬†80b Platinum on pre-order for $199 and the¬†101 Platinum for $269.99, also on pre-order. The official ARCHOS online shop doesn’t yet list the new devices.

    What do you think of the new line-up, tempted to get one?

    Comments

    • Jack Parker

      Never buy archos, I’ve had 3 in total all bad. My latest one didn’t charge, and when it did it never reached 100% it also died very quickly and the WiFi was terrible

    • abazigal

      Um…what?

      Why does the largest tablet get the worst resolution? More models here are simply going to distract and confuse the consumer. I would personally keep just the 9.7″ model and scrap the rest.

      Also, 8gb of storage doesn’t leave much room for other apps when you consider the underlying OS likely already takes up half that amount, and you can’t save apps on the sd-card.

      Utter crap.

    • Laurent Delvigne

      Indeed, avoid Archos. Bought some models: low quality plastic, bugs, slow, terrible WIFI… Keep your money for better ones (Samsung, Asus, Acer,…)

      • jaidecaulfield

        A much better option is the new Pipo Pro Series from Pipo Electronics with imuch more mpressive features and performance — including the new Pipo M7 Pro ($255) — that packs in a solid device that includes an 8.9-inch 1900X1200 display (Samsung PLS screen); along with a Quad-Core processor – 1.6 GHz / 2GB Ram – 16GB memory; and GPS navigation. Plus features Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, premium dual speakers, a large capacity 6300 mAh battery, and Dual-Band WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz).

        This new model also offers a microSD memory card slot, Dual Cameras, two MicroUSB connection ports and Android 4.2.2 O/S; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is available for slightly more that works with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Straight Talk for wireless Internet.

        One site with more product details is– Tab l e t S p r i nt

    • Nathan Buffington

      Seem decent, but I have my eye on the Dell Venues

    • steelew

      Having a titanium 80 I would say do not buy any of these as they do not update these tablets nor is there any rooting/modding community.

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