Archos has been in the tablet business longer than most, and is mostly known for their low-cost, fairly chunky hardware. Last year’s G9 tablets, part of their Elements series, raised the spec notch up a little higher, adding dual-core Honeycomb (and now ICS) goodness to their arsenal. What Archos was missing, however, was premium hardware that could compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and ASUS Transformer Prime.
Looks like Archos has an ace up their sleeve with the announcement of their new G10 xs tablet series. This series includes an ultra thin 7.6mm (0.3 inches) model, along with a Transformer-like keyboard dock model. No word on the specs of these tablets, but judging from their pricing model, this is their premium line and should offer premium specs.
Speaking of pricing, here’s a breakdown of the three Archos families of tablets:
- Budget (not Google certified): Arnova series ($65 – $195)
- Mid-range: Elements series ($130 – $260)
- Premium: G10 xs series ($260 – $520)
Pictures and video after the break.
With the introduction of their mid-range Elements series of tablets, Archos managed to double revenues from 2010 to 2011. Introducing a high-end line nicely rounds out the Archos menu, and should help increase revenues going forward. It’s nice to see a manufacturer spanning all price points. No ship dates have been announced yet but we’ll be sure to report as soon as we hear anything.