So, another new tablet. Yawn, right? Well, maybe we shouldn't be so quick to judge.
It's called the 101 XS, and it comes from Archos – they of media player fame. And besides a decent spec, good looks and a competitive price, it also casts menacing glances in the Asus Transformer's direction by including a keyboard/dock add-in in the box.
As the name suggests, this is a 10.1in tablet, with 8in and 9.7in models set to follow, and its display runs at a fairly decent 1280 x 800 resolution.
On the inside, we're talking a TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, with a microSD card slot, mini-HDMI and USB ports.
Archos devices are generally quite easy to look at, and the 101 XS is no exception, and its slightly curved plastic/steel chassis measures just 8mm thick. OS-wise you get an unskinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the whole lot comes in at £299.
Not a game-changing price, we hear you say. But that's not it – the 101 XS will also ship with a companion Magnetic Coverboard, which can serve as a keyboard, charging dock and screen cover to protect the 101 XS when carrying it around. Even with the cover on the whole thing is just 13mm thick, which certainly ain't bad.
Factor in Archos' unquestioned quality when it comes to handling multimedia (surely one of the chief reasons it's still around as a media player manufacturer, when so many other contenders have fallen by the wayside) and you have what could well be one of the year's best tablet releases, and from an entirely unexpected source. Who would have thought?
The Archos 101 XS should be in stores “soon”, with the two smaller models expected to follow before the end of the year.