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Archos announces Gen10 XS tablet line

The 101XS is the first in a new line of Archos Android tablets. It'll be followed by two others later in 2012.

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Archos has officially announced their latest venture into the Android tablet market with the Gen10 XS series. The line consists of three tablets starting with the Archos 101XS. The 10.1-inch tablet is set to be released in North America in November with a $399.99 price tag.

The lineup also includes the Archos 97 XS and Archos 80 XS tablets which will be released in late 2012, although no pricing information has been announced. The Gen10 XS tablet line will sport 1.5 GHz smart multicore processors and 1GB of RAM.

The tablets come with Android 4.0 and will be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of 2012. Included with each tablet is a coverboard; a magnetic full-size QWERTY keyboard that also serves as a cover and kickstand. The coverboard runs on the tablet's battery and docks itself using magnets.

Henri Crohas, Archos founder and CEO, states that Archos is aiming to take its tablets to the next level with new thinner designs, higher functionality, and better pricing than current Android tablets in the market. 

Archos is focusing heavily on its new direction toward sleeker design aesthetics. Visual teasers of the new line were posted on YouTube and Facebook within the past five months, and the 101XS tablet is being advertised as 15 percent thinner than the new iPad.

For more details on the Archos101 XS tablet check out CNET's full review here.