How do you build a powerful, attractive 11.6-inch tablet that retails for $349? Well, you cut some corners when it comes to build quality, as we discovered when handling Archos' 8 and 9.7-inch Platinum models last month at CES. The company's latest slab features an identical quad-core 1.2GHz processor, eight-core GPU, 2 gigs of RAM, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), front and rear cameras, along with microSD and HDMI connectivity. The 116 Platinum, however, packs a larger 11.6-inch, 1920x1080-pixel widescreen IPS display, boosting the price tag to $349, compared to $299 for the 9.7-inch model and $199 for the 8 incher. Archos has promised some hands-on time at CeBIT next month in Germany, but you can get a fairly solid idea of how it'll look and feel by checking out the smaller Platinums in our CES vid after the break.
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.
ARCHOS at CeBIT 2013 – Come and see the ARCHOS Platinum range first hand during CeBIT 2013 in Hannover 5 to the 9 of March. The ARCHOS booth is located in Halle 15 Stand D72.