Hands-on with the first quad-core tablets from Archos (video)

Archos is going quad-core with two of the newest members of the Archos Elements tablet line. The Archos 80 Platinum is an 8 inch tablet with a 1024 x 768 pixel display, while the Archos 97 Platinum HD features a 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel screen.

Both will be available with Allwinner-A31 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processors.

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Archos also has a dual-core version of the 9.7 inch tablet, featuring a Rockchip RK3066 processor. It’s called the Archos 97 Titanium HD.

The high-definition screen on the Archos 97 looks great when viewing high resolution images, and features wide viewing angles and excellent color depth.

But I kind of found the Archos 80 Platinum to be a little more interesting. While the screen doesn’t look as good, the tablet offers virtually identical performance to its larger sibling, but in a package that’s close to the size of an iPad mini, which makes it a lot lighter and easier to hold.

It would be a great device for surfing the web from your couch or reading an eBook.

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The two tablets also felt a bit zippier than some other products featuring Allwinner A31 chips that I’ve tested this week, but from what I understand developers are still fine-tuning Android for that chipset, so performance should generally be a bit better and more reliable when tablets with the new quad-core CPU go on sale in the coming months.

Archos says its new tablets could ship in late January or early February.

  • http://twitter.com/mikecane Mike Cane

    Yeah, that Platinum 8″ one make me drool. But Archos has a rotten reputation for QC. It;d be nice if this *one* model was problem-free.

    • nards barley

      I like the form factor of the 8 incher, but shouldn’t a person who primarily uses it to read go with the Nexus 7 or possibly the Kindle Fire HD, given the higher Pixel density?

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    Poster: the Allwinner A31 has four Cortex-A7 not Cortex-A9 cores.

    The Cortex A7 has 25% less performance per clock than the A9 so this is an important distinction.

    • http://www.facebook.com/redoneil.reyes ReDz Reyes

      GPU is more important than CPU… but some faster CPU have heat problems..

  • hubu79

    how do you find build quality? I have archos G9 10.1 and have problems with frame which is on the screen. when I press in top left corner the screen in the same moment press bottom left corner :[
    it would be nice competition for iPad mini but after 1,5 year of using Archos I don’t think it will be a long time in good performance