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Archos Shows New Titanium, Platinum Android Tablets

Titanium Series

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.

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Titanium Series

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Platinum Series

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