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.

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5 replies on “Hands-on with the first quad-core tablets from Archos (video)”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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.

    1. 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?

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