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Archos comes out swinging with new line of Platinum tablets

French hardware-maker Archos this week launched a trio of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-based tablets, using a lower price to compete with the iPad and Galaxy Tab.

All three devices in the new Archos Platinum line boast features such as dual-band Wi-Fi, quad-core processors, high-resolution screens, and up to 2GB of RAM. There's no word yet as to how much they will cost, but Archos Platinum tablets typically range from $199 (£124) to $349 (£217). They are expected to be released this month.

"As a pioneer in the portable technology market, our company philosophy has always been to provide innovative solutions to consumers at the best price possible," Loic Poirier, CEO of Archos, said in a statement. "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."

The new machines come in three different sizes, ranging from 8 to 10.1 inches, though the mid-range 9.7in 97b Platinum is the standout of the pack with a 2,048 x 1,536-resolution display. The other two models have lower-resolution displays; the 10.1in 101 Platinum sports a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, while the 8in 80b Platinum (right) has a 1,024 x 768-pixel screen.

All three devices in the new Platinum line-up are powered by a 1.6GHz processor and have 8GB of memory. Other features include: a 2-megapixel, rear-facing camera, Micro SD card slot, mini HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, and full access to the Google Play Store.