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Big screen tablets just got cheap! Archos unveils 11.6inch Platinum device for just £299

By Stefano on February 14th, 2013

archos-platinuimSome fairly seismic news today from tablet maker Archos. The company has taken the wraps off a trio of new tablets and the star of the show is a top-end model with an 11.6inch screen.

Now that’s big. The full iPad is just 9.7. It is also unique-ish. There are some tablets with similar sized screens, but 1, they run Windows (the Archos one runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system) and 2, you can expect to pay north of £800 for them. The new Archos 116 Platinum goes on sale in the UK in April with a price tag of just £299.

So what corners have been cut? The specs are actually fairly decent. It has a 1920×1080 resolution IPS screen, a QUAD core CPU at 1.2 GHz with 8-core GPU, with 1080p video decoding and 2 GB RAM. there’s also front and back cameras for both snapping and video chatting.

It’ll be interesting to have a proper look at the tablet and check out its build quality. If that’s good then £299 sounds like a real bargain.

Archos also debuted the 80 (8inch screen) and 97 (9.7inch screen today too)

Here’s the release from the maker.

The entire Platinum range will all share the following features:

• High-Definition IPS display with capacitive multi-touch screen
• QUAD core CPU at 1.2 GHz with 8-core GPU, with 1080p video decoding
• 2 GB RAM
• Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
• Full access to the 700,000 applications
• Archos Media Center applications
• Front and Back Cameras
• Mini-HDMI and Micro SD ports

The ARCHOS 80 Platinum, an 8″ tablet, features a 1024×768 resolution IPS screen and when compared to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 it is almost twice as fast, has double the RAM and has a back camera for a fraction of the cost. The 80 Platinum will be available in February for £179

The ARCHOS 97 Platinum HD, a 9.7″ tablet, features a stunning 2048×1536 resolution IPS screen, which is comparable to the Retina display found in the iPad, but is 40% less expensive. The 97 Platinum HD will be available in February for £249

The ARCHOS 116 Platinum, an 11.6″ tablet, features a 1920×1080 resolution IPS screen, unlike anything currently on the market. The 116 Platinum will be available in April for £299


iPad mini versus Kindle Fire HD – search data in US predicts one clear winner

By Stefano on November 15th, 2012

So have you made your mind up which tablet you are going to buy This Christmas? Is it Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD? Apple’s iPad Mini or a Google Nexus 7? Well according to the latest search related data in the uS from a leading coupon codes website there’s only one winner and it isn’t the one that you would expect.

The site statistics, compiled by, indicate that the new Kindle Fire HD is the must-have tech gadget this Christmas scoring twice as searches as those made for the iPad mini. Of course how those searches translate into real sales remains to be seen but it is more evidence that Apple’s de fact position as the world’s number one tablet maker is under threat.

According to the site ‘During the last three weeks alone, unique on-site searches for the term ‘Kindle Fire HD’ have been more than 12,000 compared to just over 5,800 searches made for the term ‘iPad mini’. Searches for the Amazon- produced tablet totalled more in the first week following its launch announcement, than the first week of the iPad mini.

The survey polled 1,267 American site users, who admitted that they were interested in gadgets and technology.

Mark Pearson, Chairman of, had the following to say about the results:

“As the tablet becomes the must-have tech gadget in the states, we were interested to see which tablet was the consumer’s top choice. According to on-site statistics, the Kindle Fire tablets seem to be the clear winners in terms of popularity, size and most importantly, price.”

“It is no surprise that although some families would probably love to purchase an iPad mini device for every member of their family, they simply cannot afford the higher costs and would rather purchase a Kindle device instead. This may be one of the reasons behind the lacklustre reception that the latest Apple device has received. With so many tablets to choose from, it is truly a consumer’s market!”

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