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Unlike many of its competitors in the tablet arena, Archos has past form. As far back as 2007, the company was installing browsers on its large-format Wi-Fi media players, while its 2008 Archos 5 and Archos 7 products were actively sold as internet tablets. The 2009 updates even came with Android 1.5 preinstalled. This should have given the company an advantage when designing the Archos 101 Internet Tablet; it's had time to get used to the ways of Google's mobile OS, and opportunity to learn from past mistakes.

It certainly helps to explain why the Archos 101 is so distinctive, with a sculpted, thin-framed, slimline design that echoes its predecessors rather than the iPad. Weighing just 480g and measuring only 12mm thick, it's a remarkably lightweight tablet, and while the plastics used in the outer casing can leave it feeling cheap, the underlying steel chassis makes it surprisingly robust.

The nice big 10,1’’ diagonal high-resolution screen (1024x600) sits within a very slim and light design. With more people looking toward this new trend in Internet tablets, ARCHOS has carefully matched the power of the Android™ platform to a seductive design that will have heads turning. And with the adjustable leg stand, you will always have the best position to tap out your emails, view a movie or enjoy the photo frame application.  

 

Archos 101 has Android™ and Android™ on TV. With its TV output you can display Android screen on your wide screen TV. Archos 101 provides us opportunity of 3D games, so I will be really impressive to play and watch them on huge TV, using your device as steering-wheel.

One more advantage of Archos 101 Internet tablet is a possibility connect to the Internet via your cell phone equipped with 3,5 G and Bluetooth technology. So you don’t need to pay extra money when you already have a data service plan.

Home Streaming from your PC works great. The ARCHOS 101 internet tablet has Samba and UPnP protocols: this means that you play your movies, videos, and photos on your ARCHOS, but these files are really located on your computer in another room. You don’t need to store everything on your ARCHOS to enjoy viewing it on your ARCHOS! Your files fly through the air over WiFi. The ARCHOS 101 internet tablet is the small and convenient portable computer that you’ve always dreamed about.

Connect the ARCHOS 101 internet tablet to your WiFi network and you will be able to do just about everything that you do on your home PC, wherever you are.

 

With a built-in webcam (to stay in touch with your friends and family thanks to live video chat), an ultra-powerfull processor, WiFi connectivity, and multiple connections (USB Host/Slave, Micro SDHC, HDMI output…), the ARCHOS 101 internet tablet has everything your PC has. It’s very easy to connect an external keyboard or a mouse (ARCHOS external wireless keyboard with touch pad sold separately). For Email, you be delighted to finally have the choice between a full-sized on-screen keyboard and an external one.

 

3D graphics accelerator

The ARCHOS 101 internet tablet feature a graphical accelerator (3D OpenGL ES 2.0) to exploit Android™ 3D capabilities such as 3D games, animated interface with live wallpapers and transitions effects. You will be also able to enjoy the Android™ interface on your TV screen via the HDMI output. Discover a new way to play games on TV, your device becomes your gamepad.

 

HD Multimedia

In the ARCHOS tradition of employing the very latest technologies, this device offers the ultimate multimedia experience in HD* quality. Don’t worry about what music, video, or photo formats it will play, it plays them all. The ARCHOS 101 internet tablet has a new music & video application adding 3D cover animation support and the ability to add a mini music or video widget to the home screen, in order to control your music & video at any time.

Easy transfer

There’s a full-sized USB connector on the side of the device to let you transfer all your multimedia content. There is also a USB host connector to directly transfer your files without using a PC.

 

As you can see, you can do almost everything with this tablet - surf internet with your fingers, watch the news, write or read e-mails, watch photos, video, watch a movie with your friend on a big screen, watch the last YouTube video, listen to your music, read your fiction book, find your way to the appointment (work, pleasure, date), take notes, keep track of your appointments, your contacts on the tip of your finger, all the possible applications (Apple Apps or Android)
And most importantly all of this wherever you are!

  

The tablets are shipping. They will be available soon, approximately December. You can pre-order them at amazon (ARCHOS 101 16GB ($350)  ARCHOS 101 8GB ($300) ) or other online stores

 

Tech Specifications (from Archos website)

 

Product capacity •  Internal: 8 & 16 GB flash memory
                         •  External: Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)

Display characteristics High resolution touch screen, 1024x600 pixels (WXVGA), 10.1'' TFT LCD
Application Framework Android 2.2 Froyo7

Processor • ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP
                • Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
Video

Playback

• MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps)

              • MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@8Mbps)
              • H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@5Mbps)
              • WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 fps@10Mbps)
              • M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution

              With optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com):
             • Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 fps@10 Mbps)
              With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI,

               MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP

Audio Playback • MP3 CBR & VBR
                        • WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
                        • WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
                        • AAC, AAC+ 5.1
                        • OGG Vorbis
                        • FLAC

                      With optional software plug-ins (downloadable on www.archos.com):
                   • AC3 5.1

Photo viewer JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF

Subtitles Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions

Webcam • Yes

Pre-installed applications • Aldiko, Ebuddy, Wikipedia, Avecomics, HubKap, Deezer, Mewbox, 

                                       Raging Thunderlite (a 3D car demo game), WordNewspaper, Touiteur,

                                       Fring

Interfaces • USB slave 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
               • Full size USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) 
               • Micro SD (SDHC compatible)
               • HDMI output (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)

Communication protocols • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
                                      • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Miscellaneous • Built-in speaker
                        • Built-in leg stand
                        • Built-in Microphone
                        • G-sensor 
                        • Front VGA camera

Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
                       • External: Power adapter/charger

Battery life • Music playback time: up to 36 hours
                  • Video playback time: up to 7 hours
                  • Web surfing: up to 10 hours

Scalability • Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is

                  activated
                • Updates can also be downloaded at www.archos.com and updated via USB mass 

                 storage

Dimensions & weight • 270 x 150 x 12 mm
                                  • 480 grams

Minimum system requirements • Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher
                                              • Mac
                                              • Linux 
                                              • USB 2.0 interface

Package includes ARCHOS 101 internet tablet, Standard USB cable, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice, power charger.

 

References: Archos

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