Archos is rolling out a new line of tablets with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processors, and prices starting at $200.
The company has been showing off the Archos 80b Platinum, Archos 101 Platinum, and Archos 97b Platinum HD for a few months, but now these three tablets are available for purchase (or in some cases pre-order) in the US.
Archos 97b Platinum HD
The most remarkable model of the lineup features an iPad-like 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel IPS display, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.
Like all the tablets in the new lineup, the Archos 97b Platinum HD has WiFi and Bluetooth, a micro USB port, microSD card slot, and mini HDMI ports.
It has a 2MP front camera and 2MP rear camera. The table tmeasures 9.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.35″ and weighs 1.4 pounds.
Adorama is selling this tablet for $300. It’s also available from a few other retailers, but that’s the best price I’ve found so far.
Archos 101 Platinum
This model also features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and all the same ports as the 9.7 inch model. But the Archos 101 Platinum also includes GPS support.
It has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera. The tablet measures 10.3″ x 6.7″ x 0.39″ and weighs 1.4 pounds.
The Archos 101 Platinum is available for pre-order from J&R for $270.
Archos 80b Platinum
If the Archos 97b Platinum is designed to be an iPad clone, the Archos 80b Platinum mimics the iPad mini. It has an 8 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display.
This is the cheapest model in the bunch — it’s up for pre-order from J&R for $200. But it also has a lower resolution display than the other tablets, and features just 1GB of RAM.
The tablet’s also a bit on the heavy side for an 8 inch model. It weighs just under a pound and measures 7.8″ x 6″ x 0.38″.
The Archos 80b Platinum has a 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera.