New Archos Android tablets now available, starting at £170

Archos 97b Platinum FullArchos may not be the most well known tablet manufacturer, but it does have a strong range of well-priced Android slates, and has now added three more to the line-up. The three models start with the 80b Platinum, then the 101 Platinum and finally, the high-end 97b Platinum.

An almost identical specification is shared by all three tablets, with only a few differences between them, primarily the screen sizes. Here’s what you’ll get if you decide a new Archos is for you.

80b Platinum: The smallest of the three tablets, it has an 8-inch screen with a 1024 x 768 pixels, and a quad-core, 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. The 80b Platinum has 8GB of internal memory, a 2-megapixel rear camera and a microSD card slot.

101 Platinum: This time, the screen size has been increased to 10.1-inches and the resolution upped to 1280 x 800 pixels. Otherwise, the same 1.6GHz, quad-core chip powers the tablet, with 8GB of memory and a microSD card slot. The tablet does have 2GB of RAM and GPS, which neither other tablet can boast.

97b Platinum: The 9.7-inch screen fitted here has an impressive 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, although the rest of the specs remain the same above, aside from the front facing camera getting 2-megapixels.

All three tablets run Android 4.2, and Archos rarely plays about with it too much, so expect it to be almost as Google intended. As for the price, the 80b is £170, the 101 Platinum is £200, and finally the 97b is £230. You can see them all on Archos’ website.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars