Archos 80 Titanium: A New Player in the Mini Tablet Arena

Archos has unveiled their Platinum and Titanium tablet lines for 2013 at the just concluded CES 2013 in Las Vegas. These series of tablets are part of their Elements family of devices.

One particular tablet that grabbed attention in the annual event is the Archos 80 Titanium. The main reason for this much attention is that it looks and almost feels like the recently launched iPad Mini.

This 8-inch tablet is a looker that might be able to compete with the iPad Mini given that it will be sold at a significantly low price.

So let us take a look at what to like in the Archos 80 Titanium.

The Look

There is a reason why more people are drawn to this 8-inch tablet than its 9.7-inch counterpart even if the latter has the higher screen resolution. The material used in the bigger tablet felt like it was cheap plastic that also feels a bit slippery on one’s hand. The 8-inch Titanium on the other hand, feels like it is more solid. The rear part of the tablet is actually made of aluminum metal and is very light. The tablet does not feel premium by any means, but it is going to be sold at a lower price so we are happy that it, at least, does not feel cheap.

The Screen

As said above, in the Titanium line, the 9.7 inch model has the highest resolution at 2048×1536; the Archos 80 Titanium however is no slouch on the screen department either. It features a high-res IPS screen that has the same resolution as the iPad Mini at 1024×768 pixels. Maybe there is a reason the tablet resembles the iPad Mini after all.

The Specs

It does not have a quad-core processor but it looks like its dual-core 1.6GHz Rockchip CPU is able to hold up its own against the competition. Besides, so what if it does not have a quad-core chip; the iPad Mini has the A5 and not the A6 as well. It also has 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core graphics processor. Combine this with the Android 4.1 Jellybean and you have a tablet that can handle games with high-resolution graphics, VoIP service calls, and Internet surfing with ease.

The Ports

Unfortunately, this tablet has 8GB of internal storage only. Fortunately, you can expand the tablet’s memory through a mini SD card slot. Other slots include Mini-HDMI ports and a Micro-USB port for charging.

The Price

According to the rep from Archos in CES 2013, all three Titanium tablets, including this 8-inch device, should be available by March. The Archos 80 Titanium is supposedly going to be priced at just $149. That is pretty low considering last year’s Nexus 7 8GB Wi-Fi only model was initially priced at $199, and it did not even bother with a rear camera. At least Archos stuck a camera at the back, even if it is just a 2MP shooter.

For the price, this tablet can potentially be a steal. It is stylish and has powerful specs. Hopefully, it can live up to its potential once it is officially out in the market.