It looks like the little upstart Android Tablet company, Archos, is doing their best top climb to a higher tier. They just announced their newest product, and it doesn't look too bad. It's called the Archos 101 XS, and it will be their first "higher-end" device. It actually includes a keyboard dock, that also magnetically attaches to the display of the tablet serving as a screen protector when not being used. Archos calles it the Coverboard. (Now, that's a brilliant idea!) The tablet is 8mm thin, and the Coverboard is 5mm thin. The tablet will hit European shelves first (starting with the UK) in mid-September for 299.99. It will then come to the U.S. in November for $399.99. The internal specs aren't too spectacular, but they aren't too bad either:
  • TI OMAP 4470 which comes with a much improved PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 1.5 GHz
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 10.1-inch 1280800 touchscreen
  • 16 GB of built-in storage space
  • A microSD slot
  • A micro USB
  • A mini HDMI
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HD front-facing camera
  • Will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Q4 this year

It seems pretty solid, and might be worth a second look. Could Archos grow enough to become one of the bigger Android tablet competitors. Share your thoughts.

Source: via Archos