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CES 2013: Archos 97B Platinum set to rival iPad 4

Archos “Elements” tablets will welcome four more devices soon with the 97 Platinum, the 80 Platinum, the 97B Titanium and the 80 Titanium.

Other than the fact that they all look a lot like the iPad and the ipad mini, these four tablets sport official Google Certification, something that our Archos interlocutor was keen to stress.

The flagship product will be the Archos 97 Platinum and will carry a suggested retail price of $299.99, which should translate into a RRP of around £200 in the UK which is not a lot of money for what it offers.

That tablet is reassuringly heavy with a glass panel that covers an IPS 2,048x1,536 screen and an aluminium chassis sporting a white and silver colour scheme.

Other features are just as impressive bearing in mind that it should cost around half the price of the Apple iPad 4. No TI OMAP SoCs here, instead there’s an Allwinner A31 quad-core one (based on the Cortex-A7, not the A9) with a staggering 8-core GPU from PowerVR (possibly the SGX554).

Also on the spec list are 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, a rear camera and a front facing one, a microUSB port, HDMI and a microSD card slot.

The 97B Titanium is a notch down the 97 Platinum and has a SRP $50 lower than the latter. It comes with the same screen with 1GB of RAM, a dual-core SoC (a Rockchip RK3066 based on the Cortex-A9) with a quad-core GPU.

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