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Archos 101 XS tablet – is it any good?

Archos has announced the launch of its latest tablet, the Archos 101 XS. The 10.1 inch device, which is set to debut mid-September, comes complete with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

To bridge the gap between a laptop and a tablet the device has a 5mm thick Coverboard, a cross between a cover and a keyboard, that connects to it using magnets.

This feature puts it in direct competition with devices such as Microsoft’s Surface tablet and the Asus Transformer Prime range. So will it be a success?

Archos 101 XS specs and features

The Archos 101 XS is powered by an ARM smart multi-core A9 processor, clocked at 1.5GHz, and has 1GB of RAM. A microSD card gives users the ability to expand storage beyond the device’s 16GB.

The display quality is 1280×800 and the tablet also features a 720p camera on the front, as well as access to the Archos media centre.

In terms of battery life the device allows video playback time of up to 7 hours, internet navigation time of up to 10 hours and music playback time of up to 40 hours.

Archos 101 XS: Will it be value for money?

Expected to debut at £299, the Archos 101 XS is likely to win the price battle against the Surface tablet, though it won’t be able to beat the likes of the Nexus 7.

The good news is the tablet will be upgradable to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean before the end of 2012. Gamers will also appreciate the fact that the device features one of the most powerful graphics co-processors, enabling it to do full justice to 3D games.

The Archos 101 XS is certainly a tablet, but with a slew of devices due before the end of the year, we’re not sure this one really has what it takes to stand out from the formidable crowd.

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