After having teased us a bit a few weeks ago, Archos made the 101 XS tablet official today. This is the first of the French company’s tenth generation Android tablets, and it will be joined by a 9.7-inch and an 8-inch model before the end of this year.
As previously anticipated, the Archos 101 XS comes with a keyboard dock. It magnetically attaches to the tablet, serving as a screen protector when you’re not using the device. The keyboard dock is included with all 101 XS purchases – you won’t be able to get the tablet without it.
The Archos 101 XS is 8 mm thin (15% thinner than the new iPad, Archos boasts), and the Coverboard (that’s what Archos is calling the keyboard dock) is 5 mm thin. The easiest way to understand how the dock works is to watch this promo video that Archos put out:
On the specs front, things aren’t as revolutionary this time around as they were with last year’s Gen9 tablets (at least compared to Archos’ previous offerings). There’s still a dual-core processor at the helm, only now it’s TI’s newest creation, the OMAP 4470 which comes with a much improved PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
The CPU is clocked at 1.5 GHz. For comparison, Archos’ G9 tablets have TI OMAP 4430 or 4460 processors, clocked from 1 to 1.5 GHz. So while there will be an improvement in performance for the G10 tablet compared to its predecessors, it won’t be earth-shattering. That said, for most use cases, this dual-core CPU will be more than enough.
The 101 XS will come with 1 GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch 1280×800 touchscreen, 16 GB of built-in storage space, microSD slot, micro USB, mini HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and an HD front-facing camera (but no rear camera, in what is becoming an Archos tradition). It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it launches, but will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the fourth quarter of the year.
The tablet weighs 600g, and the Coverboard weighs 200g. Archos rates the battery life at 7 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback, and 10 hours of Web browsing.
The Archos 101 XS will be available in Europe (starting with the UK) in mid-September for £299.99 (that includes the Coverboard, as previously mentioned). In the US, the 101 XS will be out in November for $399.99.
Archos also announced a few accessories for the upcoming tablet, including a speaker dock, several colored pouches, as well as a ‘docking station’ that charges your tablet while providing a neat viewing angle in case you want to do some extensive video-watching. This also has USB ports and audio ports if you want to easily connect some external storage or speakers.
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