Drawn to the iPad's Retina high-resolution display, but can't quite find enough pennies to nab one, nor want to give up on the trusty Android OS? Archos's new range of Platinum tablets may be just what you're looking for.
Available in three sizes, (8-inches for the Archos 80 Platinum, 9.7-inches for the Archos 97 Platinum HD and 11.6-inches for the Archos 116 Platinum) all the tablets, use high resolution IPS displays and are competitively priced.
The most impressive of the bunch is the Archos 97 Platinum HD, which packs in a Retina-rivalling 2048x1536 resolution display. At £249, it's 40% cheaper than Apple's slate. The Archos 80 on the other hand has a 1024x768 resolution display, with the oversized Archos 116 sounding pretty nifty thanks to its full HD 1920x1080 display.
The following features are shared across the entire range:
• 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 700,000 applications
• Archos Media Center applications
• Front and Back Cameras
• Mini-HDMI and Micro SD ports
In terms of release info, the £249 Archos 97 Platinum HD will be available from February, as will the £179 Archos 80 Platinum. The Archos 116 Platinum lands a little later in April for £299.
Archos tablets in our experience have been a little bit hit-or-miss - just check out our review of the Archos 101 XS Android tablet with Coverboard keyboard case. Here's hoping the Platinum range is a little bit more consistent in its quality.