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Archos 101 ten-inch Android tablet arrives

Reportedly, Archos new 101 10-inch internet tablets are reaching retail channels in Germany, France and the U.K., making it first out of the blocks among Android-based 10-inch iPad challengers.

The Archos 101 internet tablet features the eponymous, 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, weighs in at 480g, (vs. the iPad's 680g) and is 12 mm thick. It also features an adjustable leg stand for viewing and typing off the flat, HD multimedia with a new music and video application adding 3D cover animation support and the ability to add a mini music or video widget to the home screen.

It also is much better-endowed with I/O ports than the iPad with its built-in HDMI connection (HDMI cable sold separately), a standard full-sized USB 2.0 port plus a USB host connector to directly transfer your files without using a PC, and a Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible), as well as WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR.

Other Archos 101 features include a webcam, email and chat applications, and 8 or 16GB flash memory. The tablet is powered by a ARM Cortex A8 CPU running at at 1GHz with DSP, and a 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics accelerator. Battery life of up to 36 hours is claimed.

The Archos 101 is priced at U.S.$300 or about £220, compared with the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad at U.S.$499/£429