With the Archos 97 Titanium HD, a new Elements tablet has just appeared on the manufacturer’s website, this time with a 9.7 inches retina like resolution IPS screen (2048×1536) According to the site specifications, it offers dual camera (2 & 5 MPixels), 1 GB of RAM and is powered by a Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 running at 1.6 GHz with a Quadcore Mali 400 GPU (probably a RK3066 SoC).
No price or availability dates have been announced.

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Update 2012/01/07: The ARCHOS 97 Titanium is now available on ARCHOS Store: at a price of 299.99 € or £ 249.98

ARCHOS 97 Titanium specifications

Operating System Android 4.1, “Jelly Bean”
CPU ARM Cortex A9 dual-core at 1.6GHz
quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4
Flash Storage Memory Capacity 8 Gb
System Memory 1024 Mb
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
Display IPS screen 9.7’’, resolution up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
10 points capacitive multitouch
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera 2Mp (front facing)
5Mp (back facing, with auto focus)
GPS No
HDMI No
Interfaces Micro USB slave
USB host 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
MicroSD slot compatible with 64 GB cards
Android Market / Google Play Yes (the device is Google Certified)
Kickstand No
Dimensions 240 mm x 184 mm x 9 mm (9.4’’ x 7.2’’ x 0.35’’)
Weight 640g (22.5 oz)

Our opinion about the ARCHOS97 Titanium HD

We are quite hesitant with this kind of setup, having some experience with the Cube U9GT5 tablet which offers a similar configuration. Based on our feedback with the Cube and current firmware available on this machine (and other models with identical hardware: Chuwi V99, Visture V4HD, Yuandao N90 FHD) we have the feeling that current processor speed is just too limited to handle the high resolution of the screen. We believe that a Quadcore CPU preferably with ARM Cortex A15 or A7 architecture would be more appropriate.

Here is a quick video showing the HD screen on the Cube U9GT5.