Archos Intros Platinum Tablet Line; Two Now, One in April

On Friday Archos finally introduced its Platinum line of tablets featuring a sleek aluminum design, high-definition IPS displays and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but at a fraction of the cost.

We first saw these tablets last month at CES 2013 in Las Vegas alongside the company's Titanium tablets, sporting a similar white bezel. The difference between the two lines seemed to be in the SoCs, as the Titanium used dual-core and the Platinum used quad-core. Pricing for the 8-inch Archos 80 Platinum was expected to be $199 whereas the larger 9.7-inch 97 Platinum would cost a heftier $299.

The models we saw on display were supposedly prototypes, so hands-on was limited. The big selling point was that the 9.7-inch model had a display comparable to Apple's Retina screen in the iPad, but a 40-percent reduction in price. What wasn't on display was the 11.6-inch model, the Archos 116 Platinum, revealed on Friday.

The company confirmed that all three will indeed sport a 1.2 GHz quad-core SoC with eight GPU cores, 1080p video decoding, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Also on the hardware list is a front-facing webcam and a rear-facing 2MP camera, mini-HDMI and microSD ports for video output and expanding the storage (up to 64 GB), and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS (probably waiting on a stable 4.2).

Naturally that's where the general Platinum specs end. The Archos 80 Platinum has a 1024 x 768 resolution IPS screen, and when compared to Amazon's similar Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet, it has double the RAM and a rear-facing 2MP camera (in addition to the front-facing one). The larger 97 Platinum HD tablet has a 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS screen, and the 11.6-inch 116 Platinum tablet has a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS screen.

The biggest drawback to these tablets, based on the specs alone, is the internal capacity. Android will consume a chunk of that space right out of the box, but that's the sacrifice Archos had to make in order to keep the prices super-competitive. Customers will likely soon find themselves purchasing a microSD card for shifting apps and media once the tablet quickly fills up and performance degrades (it's an Android thing, not Archos).

Archos said the 80 Platinum and 97 Platinum HD tablets will arrive this month, costing $199 and $299 respectively.The 116 Platinum will be available in April for $349.


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  • jskilnyk
    Why can't laptops/notebooks have 1080p screens when tablets can at that price point?
  • m32
    jskilnykWhy can't laptops/notebooks have 1080p screens when tablets can at that price point?

    I guess computer makers want tablets to be the next big thing. I've dissed tablets since they first came on the scene and now I'm starting to look at which one I wanna purchase. Screen and price being the main factor (best bang-for-buck). I've got an desktop to do all the "powerhouse" stuff I want. I don't want to be an traitor... but I think in the next couple of months I am.
  • g00fysmiley
    jskilnykWhy can't laptops/notebooks have 1080p screens when tablets can at that price point?

    i would love to see it improve but reason is twofold. first i agree with m32 harware makers want us to get used to tabelts, and google interveining and putting out the nexus 7, and amazon with the kindle fire really set a bar and forced lower prices. the second is it takes alot lower spec hardware to run android and arm than it is to run windows 8, a 4 core arm processor cost sless than an i7 mobile and we will accept 8 gig onboard for a tabelt but you can't even fit windows 7 or 8 on that drive, so hardware is actually legitimatly more expensive (though not a tthe listed price differences bu wee ht first point)

    now look at the new chromebooks coming back and i expect laptop and ultrabook prices to be shrinking in cost soon