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Archos reveals three new ‘Platinum’ Android tablets – HD displays, quad-core processors

Budget tablet expert Archos has revealed a new range of tablets that feature premium specifications and low prices. The new Platinum range consists of three quad-core, HD tablets running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.

As you might expect, the three different models are different in size, first and foremost. You have the 80 Platinum (8-inch), the 97 Platinum (9.7-inch, iPad style), and the 116 Platinum (you get the idea).

All three share a core specification that’s very impressive, with the key difference being in screen size and quality. Each tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with access to the Play Store, has 2GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, a micro SD slot and a HDMI-out socket for hooking up to a TV.

Archos uses High-Definition IPS displays on each device, ranging from 8-inches in size through to 11.6-inches. The Archos 80 Platinum has an 8-inch 1024 x 768 display, the 97 Platinum is aimed as a direct rival to the iPad with a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display – the same resolution as the iPad’s Retina Display.

Finally, the 116 Platinum sports an 11.6-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, which is Full HD, the very same as your home HDTV. Archos says the display is “unlike anything currently on the market”.

The French manufacturer has hopes of rivalling the Kindle Fire HD with its 80 Platinum model, comparing the two in its press release; “when compared to the Kindle Fire HD it’s almost twice as fast, has double the RAM and has a back camera for a fraction of the cost”.

The 80 and 97 Platinum models will launch later this month, priced at £179 and £249 respectively. The 116 Platinum comes along in April with a price tag of £299.