Archos reveal iPad Retina-rivalling Platinum tablet range

archos-platinum.jpgDrawn 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 2048×1536 resolution display. At £249, it’s 40% cheaper than Apple’s slate. The Archos 80 on the other hand has a 1024×768 resolution display, with the oversized Archos 116 sounding pretty nifty thanks to its full HD 1920×1080 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.






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Gerald Lynch

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  • Andrew Taylor

    One other new series of impressive Quad Core Android tablets is coming from Ainol Electronics this month — including the Novo 9 Spark – which features 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 / 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 — 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; Plus a free plan for 3G connection with 500MB of Data each month–