ARCHOS unveiled its Gen10 XS tablet line. The ARCHOS 101 XS, a 10.1-inch tablet that weighs only 21 ounces and measures 0.31 of an inch thin, will be the first of this new line of Android tablets to debut mid-September followed by the release of the ARCHOS 97 XS and ARCHOS 80 XS later in 2012.
The new tablets feature Coverboard - a magnetic keyboard conceived for each tablet model that will offer protection, a kickstand, docking and easy typing. The Coverboard is included in the box with each tablet.
The entire Gen10 XS line is Google certified, features Android 4.0 and allows full access to Google Play featuring over 600,000 apps. The range will be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Q4 2012.
The ultra-thin magnetic Coverboard included with all Gen10 tablets enables users to protect, stand and dock the tablet as well as type with a full-size QWERTY keyboard.
The 0.2" thick protective cover is secured to the tablet with magnets. To open, 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 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 Coverboard is powered by the tablet. The Coverboard also has a DC in, so when it?s plugged into a power outlet the keyboard functions like a dock and charges the tablet.
The Gen10 XS series come fully equipped with a chicklet-style QWERTY keyboard and a complete version of OfficeSuite Pro 6. This application allows you to view, create, edit, print and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as well as open attachments and read PDF files.
ARCHOS Gen10 XS tablets also come with tailor-made Media Center apps for full HD video, complete codec and format support, jackets & meta-data for your music, videos and wireless sharing over your home network. Other media center functions include:
- Wireless streaming, home file sharing and read media from external storage
- ARCHOS remote control app
Powered by an unskinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, ARCHOS Gen10 tablets deliver a pure Android experience and will be upgradable to Android?s next OS, Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean. Additional features include:
- 1.5 GHz smart multi-core processor and 1GB of RAM
- Google's suite of mobile applications including Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube and Google+.
- Google Maps with Street View and Navigation
- Google Drive with 5GB of free cloud storage
The first tablet in the Gen10 series to be released will be the ARCHOS 101 XS. The 101 XS tablet, which is 15 percent thinner than the new iPad, weighs only 21 ounces and measures 0.31 of an inch thin and will be in stores and online in North America starting in November with a suggested retail price of $399.99.
Additional specs for the ARCHOS 101 XS include:
- OMAP 4470 CPU with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
- 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution
- 16GB Flash Memory
- Micro USB, MicroSD (SDXC up to 64 GB), Mini HDMI
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0