Archos announces 101 XS 2 10.1-inch Android tablet for $279

Archos announces 101 XS 2 10.1-inch Android tablet for $279

Summary: The one-time portable media player manufacturer makes another attempt at cracking the U.S. tablet market.

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Despite its best intentions, French device manufacturer Archos is still probably known mostly for its MP3 players from way back when. Over the past couple of years, the company has tried to make a dent in the Android market, releasing a slew of tablets and smartphones, with limited success.

But Archos keeps trying. It's back again with the 101 XS 2, a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with an awkward name but a decent price ($279). The value price is thanks to middling specs: 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 ARM processor, 16GB of storage, 1,280x800 IPS display. It does include 2GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi, and the Coverboard magnetic keyboard/kickstand/protective cover accessory, so it's not a total bargain-bin offering. 

In fact, ZDNet's own Sandra Vogel had nice things to say about the previous version of the 101 XS, praising the white chassis, keyboard add-on, and display. But will the improvements to the XS 2 be enough to set it apart when it's released in December amid an ever-more-crowded Android tablet marketplace? Do you own an Archos tablet or plan to buy one? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobility

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  • Archos

    Someone needs to sit Archos' designers down and slap them around a little. The conversation would go something like this:

    --slap!--
    "She's my sister"
    --slap!--
    "She's my daughter"
    --slap!--
    "She's my sister"
    --slap!--
    "She's my daughter"
    --slap!--
    "Alright, alright already, we'll make the bezels on our tablets smaller!"
    dsf3g
    • Dual purpose

      Yes, the bezel may be huge, but the tablet can double as a serving tray next time guests come over for tea.
      WozNotWoz
  • happy with Archos 5

    My first tablet was an Archos 5 (Android 1.6) which fit in my shirt pocket. 1.6 let me minimize or maximize the screen, with an on-screen keyboard, and I could view web pages in landscape mode, like my bigger-screen devices. The weak point seemed to be the Java error handling, which returned to the boot screen and lost contact with the touch screen handler too many times. Being stubborn I would get another Archos. 5, 5, 7. 7 didnt last long either. So if Archos 5 were to reappear I would try it. 10.1? not small enough for my convenience.
    caesar a
  • Archos offers good machines

    I have an old Archos tablet 10.1, still working beautifully with a very good battery. Prices of Archos are very competitive, quality is acceptable ; it's a good bargain.
    dan-r
  • looks good

    The device looks good. How abt the performance ?
    ThinkFairer8