Archos officially launches rival to Apple’s iPad Retina Display tablet

Archos unveiled three Android-based tablets which first appeared early last month at CES in Las Vegas; these are the Archos 80 Platinum, the Archos 97 Platinum HD and the Archos 116 Platinum.

All three share similar features with the only major difference being the screen size; the 97 Platinum HD is the one which is more likely to get heads turning due to its similarities with the Apple iPad Retina Display.

The Platinum range features IPS display technology, a quad-core AllWinner A31 quad-core system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz with an 8-core GPU (possibly the PowerVR SGX554). Note that the A31 is based on the Cortex-A7 architecture rather than the Cortex-A9.

Other features include 2GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, Android 4.1 Jelly bean with Google certification, Archos Media Center applications, mini HDMI and micro SD ports.

The smallest of the lot has an 8in 1,024 x 768 display, targets the Amazon Kindle HD and will carry an SRP of £179.

The Archos 97 Platinum HD has a 9.7in display with a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution (just like Apple's flagship tablet) and costs £249 while the Archos 116 Platinum has an 11.6in display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 and a price of £299.

The two smaller tablets will be available by the end of the month while the biggest will be released in April. Archos has yet to confirm what storage capacities will be available.

Archos didn’t mention anything about the 97B Platinum which is supposed to be a cut-down version of the 97 Platinum with a slower CPU and less onboard system memory.