ARCHOS 101 XS 2 Review and Gaming Performance

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Published on June 7, 2014 | 0 comments
ARCHOS 101 XS 2 Review and Gaming PerformanceYesterday, i’ve just showed you one tablet from the manufacturer that i never actually discussed on this website – like, ever.

That tablet was made by Archos called ARCHOS 101 XS, which is a 10.1-inch Android tablet sporting 720p display and powered by dual-core TI OMAP processor.

This tablet is also the first tablet from Archos that i’m interested to bring up to this site.

As a productivity tablet, ARCHOS 101 XS is definitely one of the good choices out there around the market to date given that this tablet is also equipped with that keyboard dock, of course along with other productivity features pre-loaded.

However, as a gaming tablet, i have doubts this tablet could be a great device for that matter because its internal hardware kind of remind me with one of Asus’s tablets – Asus MemoPad 7HD -, which according to what i've seen on some video reviews on YouTube, this Asus tablet is not that great in gaming performance, probably due to its mediocre-performing processor and HD resolution screen.

ARCHOS 101 XS 2 benchmarks and gaming performance

The good news is, Archos apparently also has another card under its sleeve.

The tablet that i’m about to show you guys today is actually the second generation model of this same series.

This one is ARCHOS 101 XS 2, which - as its name implies -, is the sequel of first-gen ARCHOS 101 XS.

As the second-gen model, then it’s so obvious that this tablet will bring some bumped up specs here and there on the hardware.

The most prominent improvement from this tablet is definitely its GPU, which now is taken care by the “beast” Mali 400 GPU, one of the popular GPUs found on many Android tablets, including Samsung’s latest GALAXY Tab 3 8-inches and Archos GamePad 1 & 2.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this tablet, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, my personal review of ARCHOS 101 XS 2.

But before you go straight reading this review, i would really appreciate it if you could share this article to your friend or family via Twitter, Facebook, Google + or any of your social media accounts you’re joining in.

It would mean a lot to me and the most importantly, this community.

Introduction

By looking at the design of the predecessor, especially its keyboard dock, then it’s so obvious that ARCHOS 101 XS was originally intended by the manufacturer as a productivity tablet, alongside other pro tablets like Microsoft Surface RT, Asus Transformer line or Lenovo Windows tablets.

However, as a regular media entertainment platform, there are just many downsides found on this tablet, like the lack of rear-facing camera, the slightly weaker gaming performance, low pixel density, irreplaceable battery and some other more.

But that’s not really surprising to see given that this tablet is the first-gen model under this series.

So there will always be some flaws that could be improved on the next-gen model. Luckily, that what exactly happens on the sequel.

ARCHOS 101 XS 2 Review and Gaming PerformanceThrough the second-gen model, there are some sectors on this tablet that get bumped up to the next higher level.

From the the existence of rear-facing camera, bigger memory (RAM), better quad-core processor and the most importantly – that has a huge impact to the gaming performance -, the much better GPU.

ARCHOS 101 XS 2 now has:
  • a faster quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor,
  • more powerful Mali 400 MP4 GPU,
  • bigger 2GB of RAM,
  • 2MP rear-facing camera and of course,
  • the latest build of Android version,
  • as opposed to the dual-core TI OMAP CPU,
  • a mediocre PowerVR SGX 544 GPU,
  • smaller 1GB of RAM,
  • no-rear facing camera
  • and older version of Android OS.
So with all of these improvements, the real question is, does ARCHOS 101 XS 2 have what it takes to be a great productivity tablet, especially a gaming tablet?

Well, we’re about to find about more about that in this review.

Design

In term of design, there’s actually not much difference can be seen between this ARCHOS 101 XS 2 and the predecessor model.

They both still share the same design language, with those different approach on the bezel finish and color, plus the shinny aluminum rear-cover.

So on this second-gen model, you’ll still find the same different finish on the bezels, with darker gray part on the inside bezel, and the most importantly, the keyboard dock, which makes this tablet a productivity tablet.

ARCHOS 101 XS 2 Review and Gaming Performance

ARCHOS 101 XS 2 Review and Gaming Performance

ARCHOS 101 XS 2 Review and Gaming Performance

I personally kind of like the design characteristic of this tablet.

It definitely doesn’t look generic just like any other Android tablets out there on the market, which mostly have the “cliche” black dark design, with thick bezels and rounded corners, not to mention, plastic finish all over the rear-cover.

I think Archos did a great job when designing this tablet.

It looks quite unique and has its own characteristic compared to its rivals, especially the ones with keyboard dock.

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  • IPS LCD 10.1 inches 1280 x 800 pixels (-149 ppi pixel density)
  • Light sensor
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera:
  • 2 MP Front-facing camera:
  • Quad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 Processor
  • Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • External storage: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC for up to 64 GB
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB
  • Mini HDMI (Type C)
One of many things on the predecessor that i wished could be bumped up by Archos on this sequel-second-gen model is definitely its GPU.

The previous model is powered by PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, which is already considered as outdated and doesn’t stack up against other today’s mobile GPUs - although this GPU is still powerful as it’s the same exact GPU found inside the iPhone 5.

However, despite being the iPhone 5’s GPU, it doesn’t mean that this GPU will be great for other tablets. And it’s proved by tablets with 720p display like Asus MemoPad 7HD and the predecessor - ARCHOS 101 XS 2 -, which both don’t have great gaming performance.

The good news is, on this sequel, Archos made some improvements here and there on its hardware specs.

Now the second-gen ARCHOS 101 XS 2 is powered by Mali 400 MP4 GPU, which is more powerful than PowerVR SGX 544 and a perfect match to the 1280x800 pixel display on this tablet.

As a result, this tablet now has a far better gaming performance than the predecessor.

But we’ll get more on that later.

Besides that “bumped up” GPU, there are also some other sectors on this tablet that get boosted to the next level, from the existence of rear-facing 2MP camera, the more powerful quad-core CPU, bigger 2GB of RAM, the latest build of Android 4.2 and many other improvements.

Specs-wise, ARCHOS 101 XS 2 comes with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz per core, 2GB of RAM, Mali 400 MP4 GPU, the same 10.1-inch display rocking the 1280x800 pixel resolution, 2MP cameras on the front and back, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, mini HDMI port and many other goodies.

Compared to other 10-inch tablets on the market to date, then it’s obvious that this ARCHOS 101 XS 2 will be blown out of the water by other rivals, especially in terms of specs and performance.

However, given that this tablet is released by Archos mainly as a productivity tablet, thanks to its keyboard dock, then it’ll be fair if we compare this tablet with the other keyboard-dock-equipped tablets, like Microsoft Surface RT, Asus Transformer line or Lenovo tablets.

Performance

One of the key improvements made by Archos on this tablet – compared to the predecessor – is definitely its performance.

If the first-gen model only gets the treatment of TI OMAP dual-core CPU accompanied with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and 1GB of RAM, then it really contradicts with the second-gen model.

Now ARCHOS 101 XS 2 is packing a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz per core, added with bigger 2GB of RAM and a much powerful Mali 400 MP4 GPU, the same GPU found inside the latest Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inches and Archos Gamepad.

So for doing some basic daily tasks, especially productivity-related tasks, this tablet will have no trouble at all given its powerful hardware.

Opening all many apps at once also won’t create too much problem to its overall performance, enabling users to do multitasking, even some heavy productivity tasks, thanks to its big fat 2GB of RAM.

However, given that this tablet is sporting a medium-resolution 1280x800 pixel display, there will still be some stutters or lags found here and there, especially when browsing some heavy web pages or playing some graphics intense games.

But i believe it's not going to be noticeable and significant given that its hardware are just adequate for this HD display.

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I think the best improvement found inside this tablet is definitely its GPU.

If the old predecessor is only powered by the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, then this next-second-gen model is now equipped with one of the powerful mobile GPUs around tablet market, Mali 400 MP4. I’m not saying that the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU on the predecessor as a weak GPU.

Well actually, this GPU is the same one found inside the iPhone 5.

So there should be no question regarding its capability and performance especially in graphics-related field given Apple iDevices have been known to have great graphics performance.

However, i’ve already seen other tablet – Asus MemoPad 7HD - which also has the same 1280x800 pixel display, 1GB of RAM and the same PowerVR SGX 544 just like ARCHOS 101 XS.

In fact, this Asus tablet is packing a quad-core Mediatek MT 8125 processor, as opposed to the “only” dual-core TI OMAP processor on the first-gen ARCHOS 101 XS.

And the gaming performance of this Asus tablet surprisingly is not that great, with some latest graphics intense games like GTA Vice City and Modern Combat 4 running laggy in full graphics.

So the same thing could happen to the first-gen Archos tablet, especially when we all know that this tablet is a productivity tablet, with some productivity-related apps, features and tasks come pre-loaded, giving a heavy burden to its performance, especially its memory (RAM).

Luckily, on the second-gen ARCHOS 101 XS 2, that won’t happen again.

Thanks to the quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, accompanied with Mali 400 GPU and 2 GB of RAM, this tablet no doubt will be blazing fast in performance, especially in gaming performance.

I think the Mali 400 MP4 GPU inside this tablet takes the biggest role in ensuring all the games, especially the graphically demanding ones, can be played smoothly and the most importantly, in full high graphics.

So for the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger 2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4 or ShadowGun DeadZone, all can be played without any problem at all on this tablet.

I do even think that GTA San Andreas can also be played smoothly on this tablet, but probably NOT in full highest graphics setting of course, due to its huge maps and more advanced graphics.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of ARCHOS 101 XS 2, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out our YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

The other downside of the predecessor that Archos made it up on the second-gen model is no other than its camera.

Now ARCHOS 101 XS 2 comes with 2MP rear-facing camera (Yeay!!), as opposed to the “only” front-facing camera on the first-gen model.

This definitely is a huge improvement from the old-gen model because camera is becoming more and more important on today's tablets.

Now many tablet users are not shy anymore to take photos or record videos using their gigantic tablets, even though that would make them look like a dork (Linus Torvalds who said that, not me. lol).

So if you happen to love capturing moments in your spare time, probably when you’re on the go traveling or taking a rest from working, then ARCHOS 101 XS 2 has you covered perfectly.

When it comes to quality, then there should be no discussion if the photo quality of this Archos tablet will stack up against other tablets, especially the flagship ones like iPad Air or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 - because that’s not gonna happen dude!.

However, it’s always good to have the rear-facing camera on any tablet.

You probably won’t use it so often in your regular time, but who knows, there is some hot girl passing by in front of you that is worth showing off to your Instagram or Twitter followers (lol).

My Personal Opinions

So my final conclusion about this tablet is, i personally like this tablet.

One thing that really makes me impressed a lot on this tablet is definitely the improvement made by Archos in the GPU department.

Having Mali 400 MP4 GPU on this tablet will ensure you that you can play many latest graphically demanding games across the Google Play Store - like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted and even one of the most graphically impressive games to date, Dead Trigger 2 – all in smooth performance and in full graphics.

As a matter of fact, i’ve already seen some Mali-400-powered tablets like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inches and Acer Iconia B1-720, not to mention Archos Gamepad 2, which both proved can play those games aforementioned above smoothly in full graphics.

So that’s the same thing that you’re gonna get on ARCHOS 101 XS 2.

This tablet definitely will have great gaming performance - no doubt about that - especially given that it’s packing a quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.

So there should be no problem at all when running those graphics intense games on this device.

So if you’re currently looking for a decent productivity Android tablet, with good gaming performance (if not the best), then this ARCHOS 101 XS 2 can still be such a good choice for you.

I know that there are still many other options under the same tablet category, like Asus Transformer TF300 with Tegra 3, Asus Transformer TF201 with Tegra 3 as well or probably the flagship expensive model, Asus Transformer TF701T with Tegra 4 and 2.5K display.

However, if you’re only looking for an affordable productivity tablet with Android OS, then you make no mistake when getting this ARCHOS 101 XS 2. It’s still a pretty decent tablet though.

So now the decision is yours.

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