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Archos launches the 101 XS2 Android tablet

The 10-inch slate comes with a quad-core processor and a magnetic keyboard cover

Microsoft may be proud of its Windows RT OS and its new Surface 2 tablet, but Archos shows us just how inexpensive a tablet with productivity accessories can be with the 101 XS2.

The new tablet features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, Android 4.2, a quad-core 1.6 GHz A9 processor with quad-core Mali 400 MP4 graphics, 2 GB of RAM, 2 MP front and rear cameras, a microSD slot, a mini HDMI port, front-facing speakers, Bluetooth, and GPS.

While the screen resolution doesn't stand out next to many recent releases, it is by no means terrible. The processor should also ensure snappy performance. The stand out feature here though is the cover which allows the tablet to act like a notebook. It acts as a kickstand for the tablet, and as a full keyboard with physical keys. To reinforce the productivity aspect, Archos is shipping the XS2 with OfficeSuite Pro 6 pre-installed.

The 101 XS2 is expected to launch in the United States this December with prices starting at US$279 (including the keyboard). With prices that low, the tablet could be a good alternative to a budget laptop, even when compared to cheap Windows 8 convertibles like the Asus T100.


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Craig Munro, 2013-11- 6 (Update: 2013-11-11)