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First seen in the wild back at CES in Las Vegas, the Archos Platinum line of tablets has now been officially announced, dated and priced. The range of three slates -- the 80, 97 and 116 -- will range between 8 and 11.6 inches in size and pack some pretty premium looking specs for a less than premium price. 

The range will all share some common specs, including a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 8-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, microSD card and microHDMI support as well as front and rear cameras. From this common ground, each tablet in the range has an IPS display of differing resolutions, including one that goes toe-to-toe with the iPad's Retina Display. 

First up is the 80 Platinum, and as the name suggests is the 8-inch variant. This comes with a 1024x768 resolution display, and will cost just £179/$199 when it goes on sale sometime this month. The 116 Platinum is the pretty massive 11.6-inch tablet, with a display resolution of 1920x1080. This one won't be available until April, and is priced at £299/$349

It's perhaps though the 97, the 9.7-inch sibling that sits between these two, that is the most interesting. The 97 Platinum houses a whopping 2048x1536 resolution display, which as we found during our brief hands on at CES, is absolutely stunning. The 97 Platinum will also be available sometime this month, for the very reasonable price of just £249/$299. While the screen might not be quite as high-res as the Nexus 10, it is a decent bit cheaper. The full press release can be found after the break.

More: Hands on with the Archos Platinum tablets

ARCHOS Introduces the New Platinum Range

The Platinum tablets are amongst the first Android tablets to offer a super high resolution IPS screen combined with the performance of a Quad-Core CPU

Denver, CO – February 14, 2013 - ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, introduces the Platinum range, a new line of tablets that feature a sleek aluminum design combined with the best high definition IPS displays, quad-core processors and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There will be three tablets in the range including an 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 11.6-inch all of which deliver true vivid colors, sharper text and amazingly fast performance.

The entire Platinum range will all share the following features:
•    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 the 700,000 applications
•    Archos Media Center applications
•    Front and Back Cameras
•    Mini-HDMI and Micro SD ports

The ARCHOS 80 Platinum, an 8” tablet, features a 1024x768 resolution IPS screen and when compared to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 it is almost twice as fast, has double the RAM and has a back camera for a fraction of the cost. The 80 Platinum will be available in February for $199.

The ARCHOS 97 Platinum HD, a 9.7” tablet, features a stunning 2048x1536 resolution IPS screen, which is comparable to the Retina display found in the iPad, but is 40% less expensive.
The 97 Platinum HD will be available in February for $299.

The ARCHOS 116 Platinum, an 11.6” tablet, features a 1920x1080 resolution IPS screen, unlike anything currently on the market. The 116 Platinum will be available in April for $349.

 
There are 19 comments

MERCDROID says:

I'm not really into tablets anymore, but I'm highly considering buying one of these. It's between one of these, or a Nexus 10. I love having choices.

These each actually seem pretty good. I will wait until they are released and reviewed so I can get a sense of production build quality, but I think these removed the Nexus 10 from my list of potential tablets.

Arasin says:

I would still consider the nexus 10, ~$100 more, but the gpu isn't sub par it's next generation, so that money spent on "future-proofing" until the next iteration of nexus tablets is out. Archos is not known for quality or customer support. It's always been delegated to being a "Wal-mart brand",

Edit: the words in quotations make me cringe at myself for using them, but I have no other choice.

bsharitt says:

I'm don't usually consider Archos tablets to be a credible option, but I might be interested in that 11" model. Would be more interested in a 13" one with a lapdock.

SkinsFan1987 says:

That 9.7 inch one looks pretty intriguing. Not sure if I would make the jump just yet, but it is interesting for the price.

The 80 Platinum sounds like an iPad Mini murderer.

XChrisX says:

I know there's only so many ways to make a tablet but that looks identical to an iPad. Great specs though.

wunderbar says:

For those not paying attention the 97 has the exact same resolution as the iPad 3 and 4.

The device is basically an exact iPad clone, albeit with more expandability, that runs Android.

rookiegenius says:

very interesting. I might get one for my dad since he wants a tablet. 300$ for the 9.7 model is decent. But considering for the same 299$ I can get a brand new ipad 3 at target (it's on sale) and Apple sure is much more reputable. For me I'm waiting for that Vizio tablet.But it doesn't mention battery life which is an important for a tablet.

Channan says:

I'm interested in the 97. I'd like to read some reviews on it before I would buy it, especially to see how that processor would hold up, but it's got a great aspect ratio and resolution. I love my iPad 3, but if this is good enough, I could see myself giving up my iPad for the 97.

rkirmeier says:

Looks appealing but buyer beware. I have an Archos G9 and it is the cheapest piece of plastic I have ever held. Not sure how to explain it, but it's very cheaply built and designed. I also have a Nexus 10 and they are not in the same league for built quality. The Archos G9 also performs poorly considering the specs but I will give Archos some credit in that they released ICS in a reasonable time frame although pretty buggy. It will be interesting to see if Archos is designed a higher quality tablet with the Platinum. Also not a fan of Archos "codec" packs for media playback. The tablet wouldn't play music smoothly with random Android apps that work great on my original EVO but everything played well with their media player as long as you purchased the additional "codec" pack. One of these days I'm going to load up CM10 or AOKP and be done with their crippled firmware!

MERCDROID says:

Thanks for the heads up, bud.

ehast says:

No one going to mention this looks exactly like an iPad? And before anyone posts the "there isn't any other way to make a tablet" argument dont.

MERCDROID says:

If you would actually take the time to read the comments, you would have noticed that a few posters actually did say that it resembles an iPad. And, congrats on joining Android Central to point out the obvious lol. You've been a member for a grand total of 2 min, and that's the best introduction you could come up with???

codedivine says:

My understanding is that these are rebrands of tablets like the Onda V812.

RaiderWill says:

There is only ONE iPad :-)

And..
This ain't it.

E_man says:

Just took a peek at your posting history. I'm sorry for you. First step to finding happiness is to accomplish something more than constant internet trolling.

xKrNMBoYx says:

Well at least they gave the final specs for the tablet. A few months ago a dual core SoC was suppose to power the High Resolution display, and so I laughed.

The front looks like an iPad, The back looks like a White Galaxy Device. The Specs look good though

rexxman says:

Per Archos website, 8gb onboard storage. Not enough for me.