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Archos 101

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Archos has a line of tablets that range from screen sizes of 4.3 inches to 10.1 inches. The 101 is the largest of the line at 10.1 inches big. It comes with WiFi connectivity as well as Bluetooth tethering.  You get video playback in 720p HD quality. Most Archos tablets come with a leg stand to prop the tablet up and the 101 is no exception to this. Video chatting is available with the provided webcam. The 101 comes in two versions the 8 GB and the 16 GB version.

Features List:

– 10.1 inch screen

– WiFi, Bluetooth

– 720p HD video playback

– Android operating system

– Leg stand

Press Release

London, England, – August 31st, 2010 – ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market today announces five new Android-based tablets. From the ultra affordable and ultra portable ARCHOS 28 and 32 Internet tablets, to the multimedia marvel ARCHOS 43 Internet tablet, and the wide screen ARCHOS 70 and 101 Internet tablets, ARCHOS’ new range offers a combination of super-fast web-browsing, games, eBooks, social networking and other apps alongside HD video and music in a very slim-line design. The ARCHOS 28 Internet tablet and the ARCHOS 101 Internet tablet, the flagship products of the range bring innovation to the android world. The ARCHOS 101 Internet tablet offers a unique design and includes the latest technology. The tablet takes advantage of a connected android device that adds very fast web browsing and HD multimedia experience. The 10.1’ high-resolution screen is in a very slim and light form factor tablet that is enabled through a patented construction process. The ARCHOS 28 Internet tablet is the first android player at £99. By introducing a connected device at such a low price, ARCHOS revolutionises the portable music player segment. ARCHOS has developed four unique android applications for video, photo and music with the support of 3D cover animations to allow users to keep the digital experience as simple as it should be.

Three android tablets from 4.3’ to 10.1’ screen size

A unique design

A patented construction process, that uses an over-moulded PVD stainless steel structure, has enabled Archos to redefine the tablet form, with devices that are smaller, thinner and lighter, making the tablet even more portable. The ARCHOS 101 Internet tablet is just 12 mm thick and weighs only 480 grams, yet offers a crisp, high-definition 10.1’ capacitive multi-touch screen. With the adjustable leg stand, users will always have the best position to tap out emails, view a movie or enjoy the photo frame application. Using the device is designed to be both easy and intuitive.

A PC-like super-fast web browsing experience

Featuring a powerful 1 GHz processor, high-speed WiFi-N technology and sleek high-resolution screen, the new android-based tablets offer a fast and enjoyable PC-like web browsing experience. Users can access the entire Internet thanks to Android’s support for Adobe FlashTM 10.1 player.

A built-in webcam on the ARCHOS 70 and 101 Internet tablets mean users can make video calls to family and friends. In addition, a new feature in the Android settings menu means that the devices can also be tethered to a 3G phone via Bluetooth or USB for Internet connectivity when on the move.

Hi‐definition multimedia at your fingertips

With ARCHOS’ heritage in high-quality portable multimedia players, the Internet tablets offer consumers a full multimedia experience, with 720p HD video playback as standard, whether from a users’ movie collection or streamed from YouTube. Unique Android Multimedia applications designed by ARCHOS will allow the end user to enjoy all his multimedia content. The HDMI TV output offers the best Android, multimedia and games experience on your TV. The tablet can be used as a game pad for your TV thanks to the built-in accelerometer and 3D open GL technology so users can enjoy a unique gaming experience. The ARCHOS 43 Internet tablet also boasts a 2 megapixel HD camcorder to capture video and photos that end user can share on the web or on the HD TV screen.

The first connected MP3/MP4 players starting from £99

The smaller ARCHOS 28 and 32 Internet tablets bring the Android revolution to MP3 and MP4 players, adding a new dimension to this market. Alongside music and video playback, the low-cost, pocket-sized devices starting from £99 now offer email, web browsing, music and video streaming, 3D gaming, eBooks, social networking and other entertainment, productivity and information-based apps.

The Best HD multimedia experience

The ARCHOS 28 and 32 Internet tablets feature music, video and photo applications, developed by ARCHOS, enriching the user experience with smooth browsing through the album covers and with widgets added to the home screen to give instant access and control to media.

These unique Android applications allow users to amplify their digital experience. The devices are also compatible across the major music and video formats, so there’s no need for conversion or the inconvenience of dedicated software support. A simple drag and drop from your computer is all that’s required. The A32 Internet tablet also includes a camcorder for video and photos to capture the greatest memories. Users can upload videos and pictures to the web or share via social networks.

Pocket Computer

With WiFi connection, users can surf the Web at the speed of a computer thanks to the speedy processor. The Internet browsing is also faster than ever; users can adjust the page size of an article with a simple double-tapping or by rotating the ARCHOS and the screen will flip into place to display the entire page’s width. There’s also an email application so you can stay in touch with all of your friends.

Applications to make a player what users want it to be

The AppsLib store, with free and paid apps, will make sure you access and directly download custom sized Apps to fit your lifestyle. Games, books, music, social media, recipes, news and sports are now a click away. ARCHOS tablets can become an eBook reader, with literature classics, the latest magazines or favorite comics available to download and read wherever you go. A wide range of games, using 3D graphic acceleration, are also available. From the classic Sudoku to the fast-paced racing games, user will immerse themselves in fun games enjoying the comfort of sharp and large screens or using the device as a steering wheel.

Price and availability

ARCHOS 28 internet tablet

Available in September with a recommended retail price of £99 – 4GB and £109 – 8GB.

ARCHOS 32 internet tablet

Available in September at 8GB, with a recommended retail price of £129.

ARCHOS 43 internet tablet

Available in September at 16GB with a recommended retail price of £199.

ARCHOS 70 internet tablet

Available in October with a recommended retail price of £229 – 8GB and £269 – 250GB.

ARCHOS 101 internet tablet

Available in October with a recommended retail price of £269 – 8GB and £299 – 16GB.

About ARCHOS

ARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000 and since that time has revolutionised consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touchscreens to Portable Media Players. ARCHOS has also introduced the Internet Media Tablet range – the 5, 5g and 7 – offering users instant, uncompromising access to the internet, media content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479.

www.archos.com.

Media Contact

For a full list of all the specifications, and high-resolution images, please contact:

Lucy Harvey

Harvard PR

Tel: 020 7861 2504

Email: lucy.harvey@harvard.co.uk

Digital Trend’s Tablet Buying Tips:

Apps

Apple’s App Store is more robust at this point than Google’s Android Market, and has more apps customized for larger tablet screens. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to search for a few apps that you consider high priority.

What Operating System should I use?

It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.

Screen Size

How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.

Wi-Fi or 3G?

Internet access is vital to tablets. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything.

Though Wi-Fi versions of most tablets are available, getting an always-on 3G connection is expensive. On most carriers, 3G access will run you about $30 a month for 5GB of “unlimited” data. On a tablet, it isn’t difficult to download 5GB of images, audio, and video from the Web in a month. AT&T is worse, offering only 2GB of data for $25 a month. Some carriers are even offering a $200 discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab if you sign a two-year 3G contract. Before signing up for a plan like this, ask yourself if the $200 savings is worth the cumulative $720+ you’ll pay while locked into contract. Two years is a long time, especially in the tablet market.

Battery Life

At the moment tablet battery life ranges between 7 and 10 hours, with the iPad 2 leading the pack at over 10 hours. As a rule of thumb you’ll want to at least make sure the tablet will last you through the day, so consider what your average usage might in a day be before purchasing a tablet.

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