CES 2013: Archos hopes Titanium line of Android tablets is budget buyers' choice

CES 2013: Archos hopes Titanium line of Android tablets is budget buyers' choice

Summary: The French mobile device maker keeps trying to break through in the Android market, this time with a line of tablets that includes an 8-inch iPad mini competitor for $169.

TOPICS: CES, Android, Tablets

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Archos 97 Titanium HD, a 9.7-inch Android tablet that has a Retina Display-like resolution of 2,048x1,536. Now the French company has launched its entire Titanium line, which includes three additional tablets.

Notable among the other slates is the 80 Titanium, which is a rare 8-inch model (a.k.a. iPad mini size) that will cost $169. It joins the 7-inch 70 Titanium at $119 and the 10-inch 101 Titanium for $199. All four tablets use IPS displays, include a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU, and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We now have a price for the 97 Titanium, which will cost $249 -- or $150 less than the Google Nexus 10 with a 2,560x1,600 display.

In addition to a lower-res screen, the 97 Titanium probably doesn't have the build quality of the Nexus 10, as Engadget's hands-on report details its "cheap-feeling plastic" rear casing. Then again, you're compromising something for a much cheaper price. Ironically, Engadget says the 8-inch and 10-inch Titaniums feel more solid in the hand. 

While it was good of Archos to provide pricing details on the Titanium lineup, the company still hasn't disclosed when any of the tablets would be available. Will the low prices be worth the wait?  

Topics: CES, Android, Tablets

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  • Actually

    Some at CES said they changed the specs to Quad Core A9 CPU and 8 Core GPU. The tablet seemed pretty quick in the videos but, no benchmarks or anything.
  • Another Emerging Player

    One Android tablet maker worth a look at in 2013 is Ainol Electronics - which recently introduced a number of impressive, well-priced Android tablets and is also noted for winning Runner-Up status for "Best Tablet of the Year" at CES/CNET 2012 --

    One of the first U.S. resellers to carry Ainol - Novo brand tablets is a site called TabletSprint -- and this week the Novo 7 VENUS launched -- a 7 inch tablet with a QUAD CORE processor for only $149 that takes on the Google Nexus 7 and other competitors for a lot less and offers a lot more -- with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, a high resolution 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a 4000 mAH battery, both front and rear cameras, a MicroSD memory card slot for unlimited storage, Google Play with access to 400K+ Apps, a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, HDMI - to view personal videos and to download movies and watch in full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV, WiFi, Ethernet, and an option for 3G/4G connection. It's also a great gaming device with its high resolution screen and motion gaming sensor. The site TabletSprint also offers a 7" Compact Case with built-in Keyboard ($22) which easily transforms a tablet into a mini-laptop--

    TabletSprint also offers a few other brand new models with most launching in January, including the Novo 10 Hero - a full-size 10 inch tablet packed with impressive features for only $219 -

    TabletSprint also includes $25 in quality Bonus Apps with all tablets available through their site.... both these new models and a few others are certainly worth checking out and comparing to other major brands.