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Archos Readies Platinum-Series Tablets

Denver – Archos this month ships a trio of Platinum-series Android tablets that offer faster CPUs than their predecessors and add dual-band Wi-Fi.

The three models in the top-end series are priced at $199, $269 and $299.

“The combination of features and design of the 97b Platinum HD and 101 Platinum tablets will put them in front of the iPad 4 and Galaxy Tab 3 at a better price,” claimed CEO Loic Poirier. “It is our intention to strengthen this philosophy by directly challenging the current leading tablet brands with a high-quality product that has the best specs and aesthetic design available at a lower price.”

All are Google-certified tablets that run the pure version of the Android 4.2 OS. All also feature quad-core 1.6GHz CPU, Wi-Fi Direct, aluminum cases and either 1GB or 2GB RAM. The $269 model adds GPS.

 At $199, the 8-inch Archos 80b Platinum features 1,024 by 768 IPS display, 1GB RAM, 8GB memory, 64GB MicroSD slot, MiniHDMI port, MicroUSB host 2.0, Bluetooth, and 2- and 0.3-megapixel cameras.

The $269 Archos 101 Platinum steps up to 10.1-inch 1,280 by 800 IPS display, 2GB RAM and GPS.

 At $299, the Archos 97b Platinum features a 9.7-inch, 2,048 by 1,536 IPS display, with 2GB RAM, 8GB memory, 64GB MicroSD slot, Bluetooth, MiniHDMI and two 2-megapixel cameras.

 The products were displayed at the recent IFA show in Berlin.

 Previous Platinum tablets features 1.2GHz quad-core CPUs.