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Archos unwraps its new 10.1-inch Android tablet with magnetic keyboard cover

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Archos 101 XS
The Archos 101 XS tablet comes with a magnetic ‘Coverboard’

Archos has updated its tablet line-up with a new 10.1-inch model. The Archos 101 XS is 8mm thick (15 per cent thinner than the third-gen iPad), weighs only 595g and comes with a Coverboard – a magnetic detachable cover that doubles as a keyboard.

The tablet goes on sale in mid-September for around £300. It will be followed soon after by the 97 XS and 80 XS versions, which as the names suggest, will be 9.7 and 8 inches in screen size.

The new range features an unskinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but will be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Q4 2012, according to Archos.

Archos 101 XS

Each of the new tablets includes the detachable 5mm magnetic keyboard-cover, which contains full-sized chicklet-style QWERTY keys and a kickstand. This is powered by the tablet or via DC input if you’re near a power supply.

Archos 101 XS

The tablet also includes a complete version of OfficeSuite Pro 6 (worth £9.60) for viewing, creating, editing, printing and sharing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files or reading PDFs.

Archos 101 XS

Archos has added its dedicated Media Center apps for full HD video and broad format support for music, videos and wireless sharing over a wireless network.

The Archos 101 XS has a 1,280 x 800 resolution screen. Inside is a 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 CPU with PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory expandable by MicroSD (by up to 64GB), micro USB and mini HDMI ports, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

There are a number of optional accessories including a speaker dock, docking station (with USB ports, audio and charging connections) and protective carrying pouches.

Look out for our hands-on of the Archos 101 XS, with a full review to follow soon.

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