Archos unveils trio of Platinum tablets

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Media player specialist takes aim at rivals with high-end Platinum tablets

Archos has announced a new range of Platinum Android tablets taking aim at the Kindle Fire HD and iPad.

The Platinum tablets feature 8in, 9.7in and 11.6in displays, and will cost £179, £249 and £299 respectively.

The company is touting the smallest device, the Archos 80 Platinum, as a rival to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, while it claims the Archos 97 Platinum's 2,048 x 1,536 resolution IPS screen is comparable to the iPad's Retina, but costs 40% less.

The resolution for the other devices is less impressive, with the 80 Platinum featuring a 1,024 x 768 screen and the Archos 116 Platinum's screen coming in at 1,920 x 1,080.

All three devices run on Android 4.1 and include a quad-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, as well as an eight-core PowerVR SGX 544 GPU with 1080p video decoding, 2GB of RAM, front and back cameras and mini HDMI and MicroSD ports.

One detail that was muted in the launch material was the 8GB Flash storage, which looks a tad mean, but the company says the MicroSD port allows 64GB of additional storage.

The 80 and 97 Platinum versions were announced as being available in February, but we're waiting to hear back on stockists and availability. The largest model won't be available until April.

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