By Lisa Johnston
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DENVER — Archos will offer its first Android tablets with quad-core CPUs, eightcore GPUs and 2GB RAM with the launch of a trio of models in the Platinum series.
The models are also the company’s first to combine HD displays with IPS technology, and they expand the company’s selection of tablets with HD displays, North American marketing director Craig Terblanche told TWICE.
The three tablets in the new Platinum series consist of an 8-inch model available in February at $199, a 9.7-inch model available in February at $299, and an 11.6-inch tablet available in April at $349.
The 11.6-inch tablet will be the company’s first tablet with FullHD 1,920 by 1080 display, Terblanche said. The 9.7- inch Platinum model sports a higher resolution 2,048 by 1,536 display, matching that of a 9.7-inch Titanium series model, Terblanche said. Select other tablets offered by Archos feature 1,280 by 800 HD display, he said.
“There are no other Android tablets on the market or announced that offer quad-core CPUs and eight-core GPU’s paired with IPS screen technology for the price points we are hitting,” a spokesperson added. The 9.7-inch model “is the only 9.7-inch tablet on the market, including Apple, to offer a quadcore CPU with a 2,048 by 1,536 IPS resolution screen,” she added.
All three models feature Android 4.1 OS, aluminum chassis, 1.2GHz quadcore CPU, eight-core GPU, 1080p video decoding, 2GB RAM, 8GB embedded memory, 64GB MicroSD slots, access to Google Play, front and rear cameras, and MiniHDMI and MicroSD ports.
The company promotes the 80 Platinum as offering double the RAM and a back camera at a lower cost compared to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which retails for $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.
The 97 Platinum HD is promoted as offering a display comparable to the Retina display of the iPad but at a 40 percent lower price.
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