After teasing us last March, Archos officially launched their new Gen10 XS tablet line, and specifically announced the Archos 101 XS, a 10.1-inch Android 4.0.3 tablet powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4470 (Dual core Cortex A9) @ 1.5 GHz that features a detachable magnetic keyboard called the CoverBoard which also serves as a protective cover when not in use.
|Processor||Texas Instruments OMAP4470 @ 1.5GHz with SGX544 GPU|
|Storage||16 GB Flash Memory + microSD Slot (up to 128GB)|
|System Memory||1GB RAM|
|Video codecs and containers||• H.264 HD (HP@L4.2, up to 1080p@30 fps and 1080i/720p@60 fps)
• MPEG-42 HD (SP/ASP@L6, up to 1080p@30 fps)
• With optional plug-in: MPEG2 HD (MP/HL, 1080p@30 fps)
• With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF
|Audio codecs||• MP3
• WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
• AAC3, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis
• With optional plug-in: AC3 5.1
|Pictures||JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF|
|Subtitles||srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported|
|Camera||720p front camera with 720p encoding|
|Interfaces||• Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (USB 2.0/USB Host cable sold separately)
• Proprietary USB docking connector
• microSD (SDXC compatible)
• mini HDMI output (mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
|Connectivity||• WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
• Bluetooth 4.0
|Miscellaneous||• Built-in speaker
• Built-in Microphone
|Dimensions & weight||• Tablet: 273 mm x 170 mm x 8mm
• Coverboard: 273 mm x 170 mm x 5mm
• Tablet: 600g
• Coverboard: 200g
|Battery life||• Music playback time: up to 40 hrs
• Video playback time: up to 7 hrs
• Internet navigation time: up to 10 hrs
All Archos Gen10 XS tablets are Google certified (with official Google Play), currently feature Android 4.0, and will be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Q4 2012.
AFAIK, this is the first tablet where the keyboard is fully part of the design (and not simply an accessory). Archos 101 XS can be used without the keyboard just as a normal tablet, or with the keyboard to turn it into an Android netbook (and I’m pretty sure Ubuntu will run on that thing), and the keyboard can be used to as a cover when the device is not in use. Watch the video below to see how the keyboard and tablet fit together.
The 101 XS tablet will be available in November and sell for $399.99 US (Suggested retail price) in the US and 379 Euros in Europe.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.