Archos has recently unveiled their cool 10-inch Gen 10 Tablet, XS 101 with a magnetic ‘coverboard’ for $400.The Archos 101 XS just unveiled with a bevy of attractive features for a budget-friendly tablet.

The Ice Cream Sandwich-powered, 10-inch slate will land in November for $400 with a detachable, full QWERTY keyboard dock, dubbed the “coverboard,” that connects to the tablet magnetically. The coverboard notably boasts keys for Home, Recently Opened, etc., so Android OS browsing is more streamlined.

The tablet further features support for Micro USB, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, and it includes a 1,280-by-800-pixel display, 16GB of internal storage, 1.3-megapixel 720p front-facing camera, and Office Suite Pro 6 preloaded. Archos said the slate would even upgrade to Jelly Bean in October. A slew of accessories also unveiled with the 101 XS—including a speaker dock, docking station and protective carrying pouches.Archos’s new Gen10 XS tablet line offers super-fast web-browsing, an extra slim design, and a unique magnetic Coverboard for protection, docking and easy typing.

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 extra slim Android tablets to debut mid-September followed by the release of the ARCHOS 97 XS and ARCHOS 80 XS later in 2012.In addition to creating a new standard of thin for tablets, ARCHOS continues to push the technological boundaries with the innovative Coverboard, a unique 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.

Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO, said at the press release:“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.”

Magnetic Coverboard

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 providing hours of productivity. 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, a $14.99 value. This critically acclaimed application allows you to view, create, edit, print and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as well as open attachments and read PDF files. Combine that with a full QWERTY keyboard that also has integrated Android shortcut keys for direct access to main tablet functions for the ultimate in productivity.

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In addition, each tablet features a Video Carousel for a video library experience like no other including automatic jacket download and an easy to use search tool for finding title, series, actor, subtitle or other information. Other media center functions include:

  • Wireless streaming, home file sharing and read media from external storage
  • ARCHOS remote control appPure Android experienceCertified by Google, ARCHOS Gen10 tablets include full access to Google Play™, including DRM support for downloading books, music and movies.
  • Play Apps and Games: Over 600,000 apps and games
  • Play Music: Access millions of tracks and artists
  • Play Books: Over 4 million books to choose from
  • Play Movies & TV: Thousands of movies including HD titles, new releases, award-winning films or your favorite classics.

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

Availability

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 iPad3, 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

For more information about the ARCHOS Gen10 XS tablet series and accessories, visit www.ARCHOS.com .Android, Google Play, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, Google+, Google Maps with Street View and Navigation and Google Drive are all trademarks of Google Inc.

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