In the course of the Mobile Word Congress (MWC) the French company Archos presents its combination of tablet and sound dock already announced in December. The Archos Oxygen 101 S is in the lower price range with a price of 199,99 Euro including Sound Dock. End customers will be able to purchase the combination as of May 2019. Without Sound Dock the tablet costs 179,99 Euro.
The tablet’s 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display offers a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The hardware is, as the price already suggests, rather in the lower middle class at home, but for standard tasks such as surfing the Internet or writing some e-mails the performance should be by far sufficient. The MediaTek Helio X20 processor has 10 cores (2.10 GHz), for the graphics an ARM Mali T880 MP4 chip with 780 MHz is used. The main memory offers 3 GByte capacity and the internal memory is 32 GByte, but can be extended by up to 128 GByte via MicroSD card.
On a positive note, the tablet comes with the latest Android version 9.0 Pie. Other entry-level tablets often run with older versions of the Google operating system. Also surprising in this price range is the 4G modem, which can be used to surf the Internet on a mobile basis. The equipment is rounded off by a fingerprint sensor and a front camera with 2 megapixels and a main camera with 5 megapixels and Forword focus.
Strong sound and voice control
The real highlight of the tablets, however, are the usage possibilities in combination with the Sound Dock, which also charges the 6,000 mAh battery of the Archos Oxygen 101 S. The tablets can be used in combination with the Sound Dock. Plugged into the Sound Dock, the tablet can deliver a powerful and clear sound thanks to the integrated 4-watt speakers and thus serve as a replacement for classic Bluetooth boxes. External sound sources such as smartphones can also be connected to the Sound Dock thanks to Bluetooth 4.2.
In addition, the Sound Dock’s microphones provide voice control via Google Assistant, which can be used to retrieve emails, weather reports, news and other information. Also the control of Smart-Home devices and the playback of music and videos by acclamation is no problem.