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ARCHOS Challenging Premium Android Tablet Makers with 3 New Devices

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ARCHOS wants to get away from their reputation as a “budget” Android tablet maker. They took their shot at the pivot when they released 3 new white devices this week intended to try to go “head to head” with premium Android tablet makers like the Google Nexus line and Samsung’s Galaxy line of Android devices.

The company released three devices, the ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD, ARCHOS 101 Platinum and ARCHOS 80b Platinum. The Platinum name, they hope, will make users think of high-end devices instead of the lower end low-cost tablets that ARCHOS started with on Android. Yet they still say that these tablets will come “at a price competitive to current market options” coming this month. Looking at the specs below shows something short of higher quality devices. Until we see them in the wild, we can’t say if they will compare in real-world use.

archos 101 platinum android tablet

ARCHOS 101 Platinum Android Tablet runs 4.2

Their CEO, Loic Poirier, claimed the tablets compare to “the iPad 4 and Galaxy Tabs at a better price.” They put Quad-core CPUs in the tablets using an A9 processor running at 1.6GHz and 1GB of Ram on the 80b and 2GB of RAM on the 101 and 97b. They also claim the battery will last “longer.” They don’t say longer than what.

archos 97b platinum android tablet

ARCHOS 97b Platinum Android tablet offers mixed specs that seem both high end and budget.

Each ARCHOS tablet uses an IPS screen with an 8-inch a 1024×768 screen on the 80b, 9.7-inch display on the 97b with 2048 x 1536 resolution and a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution screen on the 101. The resolutions of the 80b and 101 lag behind current high-end tablets.

The tablets will run Android 4.2, a real disappointment since Google released 4.3 a while back and hinted at 4.4 coming soon. We don’t think anyone can call their device Premium or high-end without the latest release of the OS available on the date of release. With Kit Kat coming soon, the best tablets should release right now with at least 4.3.

archos 80b platinum android tablet

ARCHOS 80b Platinum Android Tablet wants to compete with iPad and Galaxy Tabs.

Each of the three tablets will come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. They come with 8GB of memory, a micro-SD card slot, mini-HDMI and micro-USB 2.0 ports. There’s a stereo 3.5mm jack too.

The 80b and 101 will come with a .3MP front camera. The 97b has a 2MP front camera. All three offer only a 2MP rear camera.

Where ARCHOS shines is price. The tablets will cost $199.99 for the 80b, $269.99 for the 101 and the 97b will cost $299.99.

Despite claims of competing as a high-end tablet, none of these three look like premium tablets with high-end specs, but they do come in very competitive prices. Get more details to judge if they look high end.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

5 Comments

  1. Edith Perez

    10/06/2013 at 11:11 am

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  2. Sidney Atta-Ekanan

    10/06/2013 at 11:34 am

    JUST BOUGHT NOTE 8.0 LTE FOR $329 SO, NO THANKS ARCHOS!!

    • Kate M. Field

      10/07/2013 at 2:58 am

      A much better option is the new Pipo Pro Series from Pipo Electronics with imuch more mpressive features and performance — including the new Pipo M7 Pro ($255) — that packs in a solid device that includes an 8.9-inch 1900X1200 display (Samsung PLS screen); along with a Quad-Core processor – 1.6 GHz / 2GB Ram – 16GB memory; and GPS navigation. Plus features Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, premium dual speakers, a large capacity 6300 mAh battery, and Dual-Band WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz).

      This new model also offers a microSD memory card slot, Dual Cameras, two MicroUSB connection ports and Android 4.2.2 O/S; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is available for slightly more that works with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Straight Talk for wireless Internet.

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  3. John Matthew

    10/06/2013 at 1:10 pm

    All devices look good, but seriously! When we have Google’s own cheap model of tablet with quick access to every new update then why one should rely on these devices?

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