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Archos Shows New Titanium, Platinum Android Tablets

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Archos is launching six new tablets sporting four sizes and a white exterior.

Titanium SeriesTitanium SeriesIn addition to the Android-powered GamePad shown off at CES, Archos also showcased the just-announced Titanium series of four tablets, and an unannounced duo of pricier Platinum tablets. The former series will be "aggressively" priced and range from 7 inches to 10 inches.

So far, it's unclear when the Titanium series will actually ship, but the devices will sport IPS capacitive screens, a (Rockchip-based?) dual-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz and a quad-core GPU with 1080p video decoding. They'll also be Google certified, sporting Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" and access to Google Play in addition to Archos Media Center applications.

Out of the four, the Archos 9.7b Titanium HD 9.7-inch tablet was my favorite, as it sported a sleek, glossy white finish on the back rather than the typical aluminum used by the other three. Because of this, the tablet seemed less "slippery" despite its smooth surface. It's also the version aimed specifically to tackle the iPad, sporting a 2048 x 1536 resolution for half the price.

Other models in this series include the 70 Titanium (7-inch, $119), the 80 titanium (8-inches, $169) and the 101 Titanium (10.1-inches, $199). These tablets are rumored to be launching by the end of March, but Archos hasn't made a formal announcement.

As for the unannounced Platinum series, there were two similarly white models including the Archos 80 Platinum and the Archos 97b Platinum. This line will sport a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. As with the former series, the 8-inch model will have a 1024 x 768 resolution and the 9.7-inch model will push 2048 x 1536. Additional specs are unknown at this point.

The Archos 80 Platinum will retail for $199 and the 97 Platinum for $299 when they supposedly launch sometime before the end of March. Again, Archos hasn't revealed a solid release date, so stay tuned.

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    freggo , January 11, 2013 5:38 PM
    Will we get to see some reviews and benchmarks from the THG lab ?
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    army_ant7 , January 11, 2013 5:57 PM
    The tablets in the bottom pics really look like iPads upfront... Just saying IMHO (not a fanboy)...
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    zaho0006 , January 11, 2013 6:12 PM
    army_ant7The tablets in the bottom pics really look like iPads upfront... Just saying IMHO (not a fanboy)...


    Really there isn't much variation between tablets as far as looks, but picking the same screen/bezel size along with general shape and the same resolution might be pushing it.

    Course they are still around half the price so there's always that
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    sacre , January 11, 2013 6:31 PM
    Here im thinking by the headline they have a titanium backplate.. then I saw "Platinum" and figured..naw.. that would be one hell of an expensive tablet.
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    sliem , January 11, 2013 9:06 PM
    If Archos was Apple, the price would have started from $399.
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    kenharmsfl10 , January 11, 2013 9:14 PM
    Another Android tablet maker worth a look at in 2013 is Ainol Electronics - which recently introduced a number of impressive, well-priced Android tablets and is also noted for winning Runner-Up status for "Best Tablet of the Year" at CES/CNET 2012 --

    One of the first U.S. resellers to carry Ainol - Novo brand tablets is a site called TabletSprint -- and this week the Novo 7 VENUS launched -- a 7 inch tablet with a QUAD CORE processor for only $149 that takes on the Google Nexus 7 and other competitors for a lot less and offers a lot more -- with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, a high resolution 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a 4000 mAH battery, both front and rear cameras, a MicroSD memory card slot for unlimited storage, Google Play with access to 400K+ Apps, a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, HDMI - to view personal videos and to download movies and watch in full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV, WiFi, Ethernet, and an option for 3G/4G connection. It's also a great gaming device with its high resolution screen and motion gaming sensor. The site TabletSprint also offers a 7" Compact Case with built-in Keyboard ($22) which easily transforms a tablet into a mini-laptop--

    TabletSprint offers a few other brand new models with most launching in January, including the Novo 10 Hero - a full-size 10 inch tablet packed with impressive features for only $219--

    TabletSprint also includes $25 in quality Bonus Apps with all tablets available through their site.... both these new models and a few others are certainly worth checking out and comparing to other major brands.
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    Creepintom , January 11, 2013 9:51 PM
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    The tablets in the bottom pics really look like iPads upfront... Just saying IMHO (not a fanboy)...


    So just because something has a white bezel they are automatically copying apple?

    News to me, I never would have thunk that Apple would be able to patent colors. O wait thats right, they cant and anyone claiming "copy" or "similarities" is a part of the mass media/subliminal product placement in TV/Movies if all they can say is "Dooode they look so similar man apple gonna get rich suing these guys!"
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    blazorthon , January 11, 2013 10:21 PM
    creepintomSo just because something has a white bezel they are automatically copying apple?News to me, I never would have thunk that Apple would be able to patent colors. O wait thats right, they cant and anyone claiming "copy" or "similarities" is a part of the mass media/subliminal product placement in TV/Movies if all they can say is "Dooode they look so similar man apple gonna get rich suing these guys!"


    Turn them off and they look almost identical to the iPads. That's not contributing to some media conspiracy, that's jsut stating a fact. They do look very similar because they are physically very similar with the same size, ratio, and color. Yes, that does not make them iPads, but it does blur the lines. Also, I speak as someone who has never and has no intention of buying any Apple product. Unlike the Samsung versus Apple *wars*, there might be something to this. Still, these tablets seem to be far better than iPads once you get into the details and they have that going for them a long way.
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    Cy-Kill , January 12, 2013 1:17 AM
    Who wants to bet that kenharmsfl10 works for either Ainol Electronics and/or TabletSprint!
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    blazorthon , January 12, 2013 8:10 AM
    Cy-KillWho wants to bet that kenharmsfl10 works for either Ainol Electronics and/or TabletSprint!


    Account was made just a short while before posting and only did the one post, it's possible.
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    bestandroid , January 12, 2013 11:08 PM
    the Archos might not be shaping up to be the out there, but I am very excited to see how it shapes up next to the Google Nexus 10
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    bestandroid , January 12, 2013 11:10 PM
    the Archos might not be shaping up to be the out there, but I am very excited to see how it shapes up next to the Google Nexus 10
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    halcyon , January 13, 2013 12:50 AM
    1200x800 screens? Really? They should be ashamed...it's 2013 not 2010.
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    blazorthon , January 15, 2013 8:11 PM
    halcyon1200x800 screens? Really? They should be ashamed...it's 2013 not 2010.


    The Archos 97b Platinum has a 2048x1536 resolution display.
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    halcyon , January 15, 2013 8:22 PM
    ^ Yeah but to offer 1280x800 on any new device.... Well, I guess there has to be a low low end.
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    blazorthon , January 15, 2013 8:42 PM
    halcyon^ Yeah but to offer 1280x800 on any new device.... Well, I guess there has to be a low low end.


    Exactly that. The market for low end devices is often larger than the market for high-end devices, so someone has to give it some attention or else a lot of profit is being ignored.