In 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.
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
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.
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!"
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.
Account was made just a short while before posting and only did the one post, it's possible.