Archos 101, The ARCHOS 10.1″ internet tablet, Tech spec, Archos 101 vs Apple iPad?

The Archos 101, what is all the hype about?

We’ve put this blog post together to give a little insight into this great new product from Archos.

It comes with a massive 1024 x 600 pixel screen, putting it on a par with the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Size: The Archos 101 is thinner and lighter than an iPad

• Storage: Just like the Galaxy Tab, the Archos 101 is expandable up to 32GB of extra storage via a MicroSD card. Not to mention you can use multiple cards—whereas iPad users are forever limited to the built-in SSD

• Ports/connectivity: this is where the some of the biggest differences exist. The Archos 101 has a webcam, HDMI output, and a USB host port. In contrast, the iPad only includes a proprietary jack for connecting a USB dongle.

• Speed: both use a 1GHZ ARM-designed processor. Where the two devices differ is that the iPad’s GPU is combined onto one die with the processor.

• Kickstand: another nice touch is that it has a built-in kickstand. The iPad has a docking accessory, but it’s nice to be able to prop a tablet without holding it in one hand.

• The Archos 101 comes in 2 flavours Archos 101 Internet Tablet / 8GB or Archos 101 Internet Tablet / 16GB of flash memory, you can also pack in up to 32GB with an extra microSD card, just like the Archos 70.

• It only weighs 480g , which is a lot lighter than the iPad, and we can imagine a longer watching session without the kickstand would really benefit from this additional slimming down.

•  The 12mm profile is also ridiculously thin but the built quality is excellent.

Archos 101 Tech Spec
Product capacity
•  Internal: 8 & 16 GB**** flash memory
•  External: Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
Display characteristics High resolution touch screen, 1024×600 pixels (WXVGA), 10.1” TFT LCD
Application Framework Android 2.2 Froyo7
Processor • ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP
• Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
Video Playback1 • MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps)
• MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@8Mbps)
• H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@5Mbps)
• WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 fps@10Mbps)
• M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution

With optional plug-in (downloadable on
• Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 fps@10 Mbps)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP

Audio Playback1 • MP3 CBR & VBR
• WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
• AAC, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis

With optional software plug-ins (downloadable on
• AC3 5.1

Photo viewer4 JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions
Webcam • Yes
Pre-installed applications • Aldiko, Ebuddy, Wikipedia, Avecomics, HubKap, Deezer, Mewbox, Raging Thunderlite (a 3D car demo game), WordNewspaper, Touiteur, Fring
Interfaces • USB slave 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
• Full size USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
• Micro SD (SDHC compatible)
• HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Communication protocols • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
• Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Miscellaneous • Built-in speaker
• Built-in leg stand
• Built-in Microphone
• G-sensor
• Front VGA camera
Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Battery life • Music playback time6: up to 36 hours
• Video playback time6: up to 7 hours
• Web surfing6: up to 10 hours
Scalability • Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
• Updates can also be downloaded at and updated via USB mass storage
Dimensions & weight • 270 x 150 x 12 mm
• 480 grams
Minimum system requirements • Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher
• Mac
• Linux
• USB 2.0 interface
Package includes ARCHOS 101 internet tablet, earphones, Standard USB cable, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice, power charger.
* Maximum resolution = 1280 x 720 pixels
** Only available on Android™ 2.2 Froyo
*** The function of relaying your internet connection may not be authorized by your mobile phone operator or may require a special data plan option. Please refer to your contract.
**** 1 GB= 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity is less.
1/ Certain bitrates, resolutions, and/or file variations may not be compatible.
2/ MPEG-4 ASP@L5 AVI (MPEG-4: ISO standard by Moving Picture Experts Group; AVI: audio/video file container by Microsoft) without GMC and Quarter pixel.
3/ Does not read AAC protected files.
4/ Certain resolutions and file sizes may not be compatible.
5/ External video output disabled for Macrovision®-protected contents.
6/ Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. Test run with low backlight.
7/ Available in October 2010 are taking pre-orders right now, act now as they are going fast.  Call 01254 238749, order online or drop your details in this form and we’ll keep you posted on stock availability.


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Archos 101 Internet Tablet / 8GB
Archos 101 Internet Tablet / 16GB

10.1’’ Connected Android™ tabletThe ARCHOS 101 internet tablet is a tablet who’s choice you’ll be proud of. You’ll have in your hands the best of the highly desirable Android™ technology with a large, high-resolution 10.1’’ screen, a weight of 480 g, and a thinness of just 12 mm. Beyond containing your window into the Internet and your HD multimedia, your device is completely customizable with a world of apps to make it your personal tablet.

Unique design to serve the latest technology

With a slim and light design, you will have the jewel that everybody wants. Thanks to its patented technology with overmoulded stainless steel structure the ARCHOS 101 internet tablet weighs only 16.9 oz – 480 g and is 0.47” – 12 mm thin.

Connected Android™ device
This “must have” connected device has a smooth user interface, 3D graphics accelerator and WiFi connectivity

The perfect size for full and intuitive web surfing
Enjoy the real Internet. Pages in full width, Adobe Flash™ 10 support, accelerometer and high-speed WiFi-n connection. Everything you want for an uncompromised web experience.

See the the potential with the Archos Tablets visit the AppLib

The latest info we have with respect to the UK Release Date of the Archos 101 and Archos 43 products.The 101 full pad and the 43 palm-sized will be available to us at on the 12th November!

Once this is is confirmed for definite we will make limited stocks available for pre-order; please bookmark any of the following links as we will keep the updates coming on the specific product