The French manufacturer Archos has a track record of releasing highly affordable Android tablets that deliver a great bang for the buck. The same goes for Platinum, the newest tablet series from Archos, which was first teased at CES last month, and today received an official release.
The new Platinum series groups three slates, the 8-inch Archos 80 Platinum, the 9.7-inch Archos 97 Platinum, and the super-sized Archos 116 Platinum, with its 11.6-inch display.
All three Platinum tablets share the same specifications, which include:
- IPS display
- A quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, 8-core GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- Front and rear camera (unspecified resolution)
- Mini-HDMI, microSD ports
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
In the press release announcing the new tablets, Archos emphasizes the fact that the new Platinums compare favorably with stalwarts like the Kindle Fire HD or the iPad and the iPad mini, “at a fraction of the cost”. Indeed the 8-inch model will cost just $199, the 9.7-inch model will go for $299, while the full HD Archos 116 Platinum will cost just $349.
Archos promises that the 80 Platinum and the 97 Platinum will be available starting this month, with the 116 Platinum slated for an April release. More details in the press release below.
Personally, I am impressed with Archos’ latest efforts and looking forward to the smartphones that the French company is rumored to release soon. What do you think?[press]
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.
ARCHOS at CeBIT 2013 – Come and see the ARCHOS Platinum range first hand during CeBIT 2013 in Hannover 5 to the 9 of March. The ARCHOS booth is located in Halle 15 Stand D72.[/press]