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Archos launches the Platinum line of Android tablets

One of these budget tablets features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display

Archos is a fairly prominent name when it comes to budget electronics. The French company's products are among the cheapest available and sometimes even manage to squeeze in a standout feature or two such to help them stand out from the crowd. This is certainly true for the new Archos Platinum tablets.

All three tablets feature quad-core 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 processors, 8 GB of internal storage, Android 4.2, dual band wifi, Bluetooth, a mini HDMI port, a microSD slot, and a 2 MP back-facing camera.

The smallest model, the 80b Platinum has an 8-inch 1024 x 768 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 0.3 MP front-facing camera.

The mid sized 97b Platinum HD has a very nice 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS display, 2 GB of RAM, and a 2 MP front-facing camera.

And finally the larger 101 Platinum has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 2 GB of RAM, a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, and GPS.

These may not be devices that will stand out based on their specs, but they are certainly adequate for anyone who doesn't play demanding games, and the screen on the 97b is hard to beat. Above all though, these are tablets that won't break the bank and that you won't feel bad about replacing every year.

Archos has not announced prices or availability yet, but reports that the devices are already available for order or pre-order in the United States starting at US$200 for the 80b, US$270 for the 101, and US$300 for the 97b HD.


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Craig Munro, 2013-10- 4 (Update: 2013-10- 4)