Archos has unveiled a lineup of tablets running Android 4.0 and sporting a magnetically docking full keyboard that doubles as the machine's ultra-thin protective cover. First is the Archos 101 XS, which will go on sale in Europe beginning in mid-September and reach North America in November at a price of $399.
The 10.1-inch tablet weighs just 21 ounces and is less than one-third of an inch in thickness. The U.K.-based gadget maker's new flagship device will ship with OfficeSuite Pro 6 software capable of creating and editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and PDF documents, which means that the 10.1-inch Archos 101 XS can double as a lightweight notebook alternative for students and road warriors.
Two more models, the Archos 97 XS and Archos 80 XS, will launch later this year. Archos said users would be able to upgrade each of the tablets to Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, in the fourth quarter of this year.
"We are taking our tablets to the next level by releasing an entirely new design that will redefine thin while providing more functionality and a better price than any current Android tablet in the market," said Archos CEO Henri Crohas.
Archos 101 XS Features
The Archos 101 XS is powered by a 1.5-gigahertz ARM Cortex A9 multi-core chip, SGX544 graphics co-processor , 16 GB of flash memory and 1 GB of RAM. Connectivity options include wireless Wi-Fi , Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS radios, together with mini HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, as well as a microSD slot that offers support for up to 64 GB of additional data storage .
The tablet's 10.1-inch touchscreen offers a resolution of 1280x800p, which is comparable to most other Android tablet models available right now but pales in comparison with the new iPad's 2048x1536p Retina display resolution. Moreover, the resolution of the machine's built-in webcam is only 720p. (continued...)