after serving up affordable tablets to the masses over the years, Archos has decided that it is time to give those big shots a run of their money with the new Archos Platinum Tablets (not to be confused with the other Platinum series announced earlier this). the trio, namely ARCHOS 97b Platinum HD, ARCHOS 101 Platinum and ARCHOS 80b Platinum, are described as high-quality build, “fully loaded”, and at price “competitive to current market options.” main differentiation feature of the three would be the display size; the 97b sits on top of the food chain with an extra hi-res 2,048 x 1,536 resolution 9.7″ IPS touch panel, while the 80b and 101 sports 1,024 x 768 pixels 8″ and 1,280 x 800 pixels 10.1″ IPS displays, respectively. also, while the ‘lesser’ 80b and 101 gets a 0.3MP front-facing camera, the 97b has a 2MP item instead.
both the 101 and the 97b also get a boost in performance with 2GB of RAM and 101 gets the added benefit of GPS functionality. those aside, common features expected include a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 chip clocking at 1.6GHz, Android 4.2 OS out-of-the-box, 2MP rear-facing shooter, dual band WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, Wireless Display capable, micro USB port (for data and charging), 3.5mm audio headphone jack, mini HDMI out, and a micro SD slot to cover the expandable storage needs. naturally, a myriad of today’s obligatory sensors are also packed within these sleek Android tablets. no word on availability as yet. as for pricing, expect to shell out $199.99 for the 80b, $269.99 for the 101 model, and a little under $300 for the range-topping 97b. click past the jump for a few more look.