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.
|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
|Camera||2Mp (front facing)
5Mp (back facing, with auto focus)
|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)|
|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 HDWe 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.