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Archos to launch quad-core iPad and Kindle killers soon

Archos has become a relatively well-known brand in the Android tablet space, and once Mobile World Congress rolls around the French-based company will show off its line of Platinum tablets–two of which are meant to take on the big boys, and the other is something "unlike what the market has ever seen" before.

The Platinum line will feature three models: the 80 Platinum, 97 Platinum HD, and 116 Platinum.  All three models will have the same core specs, with all Platinum tablets sporting a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an IPS display, 2GB of RAM, front and rear cameras, SD card slot, mini HDMI out, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to run it all.

As the naming scheme suggests, the “80” Platinum is an 8-inch device with a screen resolution of 1024×768, the “97” is a 9.7-incher with a 2048×1536 resolution, and lastly the “116” is a 11.6-inch tablet that features the standard 1920×1080 HD display.

Price has always been a focus when it comes to Archos Android slates, therefore, the Platinum line won’t deviate much from past pricing strategies.  The mid-range 8-inch 80 Platinum will go for $199, and is considered by the firm as a strong competitor against Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (perhaps even the Nexus 7).  Archos’ 9.7-inch 97 Platinum is built to be an iPad competitor, and has an initial asking price of $299.  Last but not least, the 11.6-inch 116 Platinum will go for $349, and Archos claims that the device will be “unlike anything on the market.” All the Platinum tablets are expected to drop around MWC 2013, with detailed specs to be released soon.

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