The Archos 101 XS, 97 XS and 80 XS mark the debut of the new range of tablets from the company that goes by the name, Gen10 XS. All of these will be accompanied by a magnetic keyboard dubbed Coverboard which even acts as a dock, a protective cover and a kickstand.
The Archos 101 XS tips the scales at 21 ounces and employs a 10.1-inch touchscreen that can render visuals in 1280 x 800p resolution. It is powered by an OMAP 4470 CPU and its ability to deliver enhanced graphics can be attributed to the PowerVR SGX544 GPU. The Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled slab comes with 16GB flash memory, an expansion slot for a microSD or an SDXC card, and a miniHDMI port.
“As the pioneer in the Android tablet market, we strive to continually push the technological boundaries of tablets and user experience. 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,” commented Henri Crohas, Archos Founder and CEO.
Loaded with Archos Media Center, the Archos slates can be used to access the Google Play store as well. Although these devices are shipped with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, they are upgradeable to Jelly Bean. The software update for the same will be rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2012, says the company. The aforementioned magnetic QWERTY keyboard measures not more than 0.2 inches in thickness and features a DC in that allows charging the connected device. Its built-in kickstand comes in handy to prop the tablet up on a smooth surface.
The Archos 101 XS price is $399.99 and it is slated to be released in November. The 97 XS and 80 XS will hit store shelves before the end of this year. Accessories like the Archos speaker dock, docking station and pouches will also be made available along with the devices.