Archos has shown off a new tablet set to take on both the ultra-skinny Toshiba AT-200 and the keyboard dock-equipped Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. And, surprisingly, the slick-looking tablet will significantly undercut the new iPad, selling for between 200 and 300 Euro.
Archos is best-known for its low-cost Android tablets, most recently the Archos 101 G9. They tend to offer aesthetics and build less impressive than bigger-name alternatives, which is why the Archos G10 XS comes as a surprise.
With a 7.6mm-thick steel frame that appears to expand out to just 12mm with the keyboard dock attached, it seems to care a lot about looks. It’s thinner than any Android tablet currently available. That said, look beyond the rendered gloss and the new tab’s construction seems similar to the previous 101 G9, with a two-panel back.
What’s more interesting than its slim frame is the keyboard dock. Archos gave it a reasonable share of the limelight during the unveiling, suggesting it’s an integral part of the package rather than a throwaway accessory.
However, images suggest the tablet merely slots or rests on this keyboard dock rather than folding laptop-style, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Its slimness also suggests there won’t be a great big battery jammed in too, although the Transformer Prime’s keyboard is very thin and manages the task.
The keyboard uses chiclet keys and appears to act as protection for the screen when not use – presumably attaching to the main tablet unit using magnets. Archos has confirmed the G10 XS will ship with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software on-board.
Other specs have not been revealed, but as Archos continues to aim for a budget-conscious audience with a reported 200-300 Euro price, we’d be surprised if it features a quad-core processor or ultra-high resolution screen. The Archos G10 XS will launch later this year.