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Archos 101 XS 2 review

7/10 AVG.

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The Archos 101 XS 2 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 1 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

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Screen Size

The Archos 101 XS 2's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.6 GHz

There is a Cortex-A9 Quad core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 7000 mAh battery. Archos's performance ratings are 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

101 XS 2 Specs

Release date November 6, 2012
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Cortex-A9 Quad core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 7000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.9 x 27.3 x 1.0 cm (6.7 x 10.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 636 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 149 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Sadly flawed

I am disappointed with this Tablet. I am an Archos fan, and hoped the 101XS-2 would be a step forward from my Archos 80 and 101 G9 tablets. It is not in some key respects. GOOD POINTS 1. nice to look at; 2. Keyboard cover good; 3. Good screen, but too shiny/reflective in bright conditions; 4. Addi...More
I am disappointed with this Tablet. I am an Archos fan, and hoped the 101XS-2 would be a step forward from my Archos 80 and 101 G9 tablets. It is not in some key respects. GOOD POINTS 1. nice to look at; 2. Keyboard cover good; 3. Good screen, but too shiny/reflective in bright conditions; 4. Addition of rear camera welcome, but no flash, and only adequate resolution. BAD POINTS 1. Battery life very poor, and unless you use the dedicated mains charger, when connected via USB (and allegedly 'charging') the battery discharges quickly even with light use. This is a SERIOUS design flaw. 2. GPS is 'flaky' at best. Takes ages to acquire a location fix, when it does so at all; 3. No 'kick stand' except when connected to keyboard; 4. Unlike the G9 series, no full USB port. The single micro USB port doubles as USB connection and for charging. Given the points I mentioned above this means when connected to a PC to transfer files, the Tablet will show it is 'charging', but the battery percentage actually keeps dropping. CONCLUSION As a Tablet that sits on your desk most of the time, with the keyboard attached, using its own mains charger, with only minimum 'unplugged' use around the home or office, it is OK. The battery life and USB cable charging issues make it a very disappointing 'mobile' device. Even in a car, plugged into a cigar lighter, the Tablet' battery will run out of juice fast. Archos have made the crucial mistake of increasing performance at the expense of battery life, and even battery charging ability. I am hoping future firmware updates my improve things. Unless these problems are fixed, for the first time ever, I cannot recommend an Archos tablet. Less