We saw a bit of teasing from Archos a few weeks back, which for those who may have missed that bit — the company showed an image of their Gen 10 tablet line. And well, it looks like Archos has sine returned with a bit more detail. Notably, the announcement of their Gen 10 XS tablet lineup and the introduction of the Archos 101 XS tablet. As it turns out, the tablet that was pictured in the teaser was the 101 XS, however Archos left out a key detail at the time — the fact that it ships with a full keyboard dock.
The Archos 101 XS is described as being “an extra slim Android tablet with a unique magnetic Coverboard.” For those wondering about the “Coverboard” — this will serve as a cover for the display, a dock, stand and of course — a keyboard. The tablet will arrive running an “unskinned” version of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 101 XS will have Google Play access and Archos has already dubbed this one as upgradeable to Jelly Bean (set to arrive in Q4 2012). Otherwise, the device will measure in at 8mm thick and has specs to include the following;
- 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display
- 1.5GHz ARM Cortex smart multi-core A9 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage
- microSD card slot compatible up to 128GB
- 720p front-facing camera
- GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- mini HDMI
- micro USB 2.0
- Tablet: 273 mm x 170 mm x 8mm (10.7’’ x 6.7’’ x 0.31’’)
- Coverboard: 273 mm x 170 mm x 5mm (10.7’’ x 6.7’’ x 0.2’’)
- Tablet: 600g (21 oz)
- Coverboard: 200g (7 oz)
With that, the Archos 101 XS with Coverboard is expected to be available (in the US) beginning in November and priced at $399. Bottom line here, while we have yet to spend any hands-on time, we are looking forward to do some playing.