10
Jan
titaniumhd97

ARCHOS is not messing around! After releasing the first in its iPad Titanium line of tablets, the 97 Titanium HD, sans price, the company is back for more with three new slates in the family: the 70 (a 7" tablet), the 80 (an 8" tablet), and the 101 (can you guess? can you? I bet you can. Yes, it's a 10.1" tablet!). The company isn't even being shy about its intent. The 70 specifically targets "competitors such as Amazon", the 80 goes after "the iPad mini, for a fraction of the price", and the 9.7 "aims to be an alternative to the new iPad." Well, yeah. David kinda picked up on that.

archostitanium family

More important than any smack talk, though, this marks a bit of a return to what ARCHOS does best: making not-terrible tablets that are cheaper than their mainstream alternatives. Here are the price listings for each model:

  • ARCHOS 70 Titanium: 119€, $119, £99
  • ARCHOS 80 Titanum: 169€, $169, £149
  • ARCHOS 101 Titanium: 199€, $199, £169
  • ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD: 249€, $249 and £199

Now that's more like it. Both the 70 and the 80 sit comfortably below even the Nexus 7's price point at $119 and $169 respectively. In fact, the only tablet on the list that does exceed the N7's already super-inexpensive pricing is the 97 which has a 2048x1536 display, which is roughly in line with the full-size iPad's retina display (though still not quite as high density as the Nexus 10).

Specs, on the other hand, are a little sparse. Here's what we do know all the tablets will share:

  • High Definition IPS display capacitive multi-touch screen
  • Dual core CPU at 1.6 GHz with Quad core GPU, with 1080p video decoding
  • Sleek aluminum design
  • Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ with the 700,000 applications on Google Play and the Archos Media Center applications

The exact resolution of those "high definition" displays that these tablets will have is something users will certainly want to know, but when you get down to ARCHOS pricing levels, some sacrifices start to become more acceptable. Currently, there are not many options for people wanting to get an Android tablet for $120 but soon there will be and if anyone is going to make that offering not be atrocious, it's ARCHOS.

Still no word on when these will come out, or a more full list of specs.

Source: ARCHOS

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Muzafar Umarov

    I hope Archos didn't do too many sacrifices. I would love to get their devices, they are good with updates on their devices and make good apps.

  • VonLaserface

    I'm in for a 97 assuming they don't make cuts where it really counts and Apple doesn't block these from sale in the U.S..

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

    Is that 7 incher designed to be used in landscape or did they just turn it on its side? All 7 inchers should be portrait

    • VonLaserface

      I'm assuming it was done for the sake of the ad to set it apart from the 80. They're probably the same height and it would have looked odd having the 70 completely overlapping the edge of the 80.

  • http://twitter.com/nirvanaman_1985 sam

    full tech specs for the 9.7": http://www.archos.com/products/elements/archos_97titanium/specs.html?country=gb&lang=en&#a

    can't find any links to specs for the other tablets.

  • br_hermon

    Any chance Google swoops in just like they did with Asus and make this a Nexus line? Honestly, these are probably the most promising Android tablets coming out of CES, given their price point.

    • http://twitter.com/mugabuga Max Anderson

      Nope. They already have their Nexus lineup, and the processor in this thing isn't looking to good.

    • u

      Absolutely no way!! The quality of Archos products is substandard, and would never be considered. An Archos product always sounds appealing until you get it, then buyers remorse sets in.

      • br_hermon

        Really? I've never actually held an Archos product before so I didn't know that. At least on paper these look really good.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    A resolution that high on a no-name dual-core CPU is worrying.

    • http://twitter.com/nirvanaman_1985 sam

      archos isn't a no-name brand, they have been going for forever.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        I was talking specifically about the CPU, not Archos. Perhaps "unnamed dual-core CPU" would have been a better way to phrase it?

        • http://twitter.com/nirvanaman_1985 sam

          looks as though it is the Rockchip RK3066.

      • u

        You are right, it is a brand synonymous with low quality. Do yourself a favor and see one in person before buying it. There are too many high quality products to choose from before being duped by a low price.

    • http://www.facebook.com/saramon123 Jeremy Lowry

      It probably uses the Rockchip RK3066... and the Mali Quad...

  • HotInEER

    I'm really interested in these. They look very promising, and they are not Google certified. These and the new Polaroid tablets look great at these price points.

  • Marco

    For what it counts,never had any problem with Archos.Have 2 of them and 1 Acer.The oldest Archos (70 internet tablet) has been working without a glitch for 2 years.Passed it to my 5 year old daughter (and that is a real hard benchmark)and the thing keeps going without problems and also without a scratch.

  • PP

    Do 9.7 inch titanium HD tablet contain 3.5 mm jet for audio? It already lack bluetooth and GPS.

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