Archos goes Platinum with new range of high resolution and high-performance tablets

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January 8, 2013 11:30 AM PST / Updated: February 19, 2013 4:54 PM PST
The Archos 97 Platinum HD has a screen that can shine, but will its performance match up? Eric Franklin/CNET

Archos is fortifying its Elements series with the expansion of the Platinum range of tablets. The Platinum line, currently consisting of a trio of 8-inch, 9.7-inch, and 11.6-inch tablets, stands out due to high resolution IPS screens and specs that promise fast performance.

The three tablets share various features including IPS displays, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, an 8-core GPU, Android 4.1 OS, 2GB RAM, and front and back cameras. Ports on the tablets include mini-HDMI, microSD, and microUSB. The most obvious thing they have in common is the white, slim design with an aluminum back casing that rivals the sleek designs of competitors.

The smallest of the trio is the most basic in the Platinum range. The 8-inch Archos 80 Platinum sports all of the shared specs with a 1,024x768-pixel resolution that underwhelms when compared to the next biggest model, the 97 Platinum HD.

The 9.7-inch 97 Platinum HD features a super high resolution of 2,048x1,536 pixels, which is comparable to the iPad Retina display. The 97 Platinum HD, originally debuted at CES 2013, is not to be confused with the similar Archos 97 Titanium . The two tablets have identical 2,048x1,536-pixel IPS displays, but the Titanium packs a weaker punch with a 1.6GHz dual-core A9 processor, a quad-core Mali 400 MP4 GPU, and 1GB of RAM.

Last but not least, the Archos 116 Platinum brings a unique shape, literally, to the Platinum family with its 11.6-inch design. The tablet has a 1,920x1,080 pixel resolution and shares the previously stated specs with its smaller comrades.

The 80 Platinum and the 97 Platinum HD will be available sometime in February for $199 and $299, respectively, and the 116 Platinum will be available in April for $349. Check back to CNET for future updates on the Archos Platinum range of tablets.

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