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Archos Unveils 101 XS Tablet With Keyboard Dock

Today, Archos introduced its new Gen10 XS tablet series — a trio of ultraslim Android tablets that come with a magnetic keyboard.

The Archos 101 XS will be the first model released in the series and features a 10.1-inch, 1,280×800 pixel touchscreen. Protecting the display will be the company’s Coverboard accessory, which also doubles as a full keyboard and dock.

The cover measures just 0.2 inch thick and attaches to the tablet via magnets. When removed, you can dock the tablet to the Coverboard and then use the built-in full keyboard to compose messages, work on documents and more. The accessory draws power from the tablet, or you can charge it and the tablet at the same time by using a wall adapter.

Coverboard aside, the Archos 101 XS runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system; Archos says the tablet will be upgraded to the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year. It also comes preloaded with OfficeSuite Pro 6 and the company’s Media Center and remote control app.

The tablet measures 0.31 inch thick — 15 percent thinner than the latest iPad — and has 16 gigabytes of flash memory and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The Archos 101 XS will be available in November for $400.

Archos didn’t reveal too many details about the other two models in the Gen10 XS series, the Archos 97 XS and 80 XS, but did say they will be available later in 2012 and will also include the Coverboard accessory.


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