Archos has introduced a new line of ultra-thin Android tablets that feature a Coverboard that serves as a keyboard, stand, dock, and protective cover for the tablets. The Gen 10 XS line of tablets will run “unskinned” Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradable to 4.1 Jelly Bean). The Archos 101 XS model is the first to be released (available in November). It will have a 10.1’’ 1280 x 800 MVA screen, multicore OMAP4470 processor @ 1.5GHz (ARM® Cortex™-A9) with a PowerVR™ SGX544 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in memory. There’s a microSD slot that’s compatible with up to 128GB cards. It includes a Mini-HDMI port to connect to an HDTV (full 1080p HD output) and a microUSB port for charging or for use as a full USB host port.
The Coverboard uses magnets to attach to the tablet to protect the screen when not in use. Open it up, and magnets guide the tablet to connect to the Coverboard to form one solid unit that can be picked up and moved. Plug the power adapter into the Coverboard, and it will charge the tablet while it’s docked. And of course, the chicklet keyboard allows you to enter data while leaving the entire screen visible.
You’ll get OfficeSuite Pro 6, Google Mobile apps to keep you connected, and Archos Media Center to keep you entertained. Of course, you will have access to over 600,000 games and apps in the Google Play store. The Archos 101 XS has a suggested retail price of $399.99. Go to the Archos links in this post to learn more about the new Gen 10 XS line.