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Hands-on with Archos' Titanium tablet line (video)

Ben Gilbert, @RealBenGilbert
January 10, 2013
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Archos' Platinum line of tablets already got the hands-on treatment from us earlier this week, but today we stopped by Archos' CES 2013 booth one more time to take a look at the similarly named Titanium line. Sadly, the smallest of the quartet wasn't available on the show floor, but we did get a look at the other three tablets on hand, ranging from 8 inches to 10.1. All three feature the same set of internal hardware: a dual-core 1.6GHz Rockchip CPU and an unnamed quad-core GPU. The pre-production units we handled were running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and all feature high-res IPS screens.

The 9.7-incher has the highest-res of all, at 2,048 x 1,536 resolution -- and it really shows. Images on that "super high-res" screen looked dramatically nicer than the other two, though the build quality on the 8-inch and 10.1-inch models is noticeably more solid. To be extra clear, the rear on the latter two is a solid metal, while the 9.7-inch is a cheap-feeling plastic. The ports on all three devices looked a bit on the rough side as well -- the mini-HDMI out looked cocked in its port, even. This could of course just be a measure of its display use at CES, but the fact that the port traveled in its slot worried us for sure.

In terms of software, the tablets were able to quickly transition from app to app, and games loaded quickly -- we couldn't check its internet capabilities, as WiFi in the Las Vegas Convention Center is less than ideal at the moment. While the hardware wasn't what we'd call top quality, the low price point and performance of the Titanium line more than makes up for it. Take a tour of all three with us in video form, just below the break.

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