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ARCHOS Unveils New Android-based Gen10 XS Tablet Line

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ARCHOS is launching three new tablet before the end of 2012, the first of which is the 10.1-inch ARCHOS 101 XS slated for a North American release in November.

In mid-September, ARHOS will debut a new line of Gen10 XS tablets with the launch of its 10.1-inch ARCHOS 101 XS Android-powered tablet over in Europe. Weighing only 21 ounces and measuring 0.31-inches thin, it will be followed by the release of the ARCHOS 97 XS and ARCHOS 80 XS later in 2012. Each tablet will come packed with a magnetic Coverboard which serves as a protective cover, kickstand, docking station and full-size QWERTY keyboard.

"As the pioneer in the Android tablet market, we strive to continually push the technological boundaries of tablets and user experience," says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO. “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."

The ARCHOS 101 XS will sport a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 16 GB of internal storage, a Texas Instruments OMAP4470 dual-core SoC (with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU) clocked at 1.5 GHz, and 1 GB of RAM. Also included will be a microUSB port, a USB 2.0 host port, a microSD card slot for adding an additional 128 GB (SDXC), a front-facing camera for recording 720p video, miniHDMI output, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The OS of choice will be Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich," upgradable to 4.1 "Jelly Bean" in Q4 2012.

As for the included Coverboard, it will measure just 0.2-inches and secure itself to the tablet with magnets. To remove it as a protective cover, the Coverboard simply twists to separate and reveal the full keyboard and magnetic kickstand.

"The magnetically guided docking system enables perfect alignment on the keyboard, eliminating the need for clips or stands," the company said on Wednesday. "The integrated magnetic kickstand holds the tablet to the Coverboard as one solid unit, allowing users to sit back and enjoy their music and movies comfortably."

When docked, the tablet powers the Coverboard via a proprietary USB docking connector. However the peripheral also has a DC input jack, so when it’s plugged into a power outlet, the chicklet-style QWERTY keyboard functions like a dock and charges the tablet. To compliment the accessory, ARCHOS has thrown in OfficeSuite Pro 6, a $14.99 value, for free, allowing users to view, create, edit, print and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as well as open attachments and read PDF files.

This first tablet won't land in North America until November with a retail price of $399.99 USD -- just in time to compete with Amazon's updated Kindle line and the rumored Apple iPad Mini (or iPod Touch Max). So far the specs and pricing for the ARCHOS 97 XS and ARCHOS 80 XS are unavailable, so stay tuned.

 

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    house70 , August 23, 2012 1:27 PM
    Read a review on Android Central about this, you might want to check it there...
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    classzero , August 23, 2012 1:33 PM
    Is ARCHOS still generic?
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    jarred125 , August 23, 2012 2:36 PM
    "Looks" cool, I just wonder what insufferable UI they will anchor it with. Also, 4.0.3? Why? 4.0.4 was the last build with ICS ... I really hate it when these companies ship stuff with software that doesn't even match what is currently available.
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    cscott_it , August 23, 2012 2:44 PM
    Anandtech did a pretty good review on this. Their top end product is actually really nice and got a positive review. It falls flat in one or two areas, but all in all it was a really nice product. They actually did a really good job on it, as it managed to outperform some of the current kings in web stuff. The GPU in it is actually pretty good as well.

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    ddpruitt , August 23, 2012 2:57 PM
    I wouldn't by any Archos products again. They're great at first but, they stop supporting products after about 6 months. By January of next year any bugs that haven't been fixed will never be fixed.
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    threehosts , August 23, 2012 5:26 PM
    I've hear a lot of bar rep about Archos and now they are cutting down on storage!?! Wtf, the bigger storage capacity used to be their forte?! Btw, you cannot fit 128GB into microSD slot, for that you need a full form-factor SD slot. It doesn't make sense to fit a full-size TABLET with a miniscule microSD slot anyway.
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    razor512 , August 23, 2012 7:11 PM
    archos has really gone down hill

    their specs are for the most part in the $200 tablet range and adding a magnet and a proprietary connector does not cost an additional $200

    Archos has always been a poor value for what you get but a long time ago, they used to be one of the best in terms of portable media, now that are just a company that sells overpriced and underpowered hardware.
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    eddieroolz , August 24, 2012 12:23 AM
    All these tablets look the same. There's just nothing enticing about it.