New Archos tablet and dock will have Android 4.0

by Kristen Nicole

Archos is angling for bragging rights to the thinnest 10-inch Android tablet on the market, with the upcoming 4.0 slate, the G10 XS. Casio’s also dabbling in the Android tablet market, readying the 10-inch VX Tablet for use in retail stores. On the smartphone side we can expect another Xperia device from Sony, called the sola, while the ZTE Fury is a family-friendly and budget-friendly handset headed to Sprint for only $20.

Archos G10 XS

Archos is working on a new Android tablet called the G10 XS, running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sporting a slim design at just 7.6mm thin. The 10-inch tablet will also come with a keyboard dock that works similar to the Asus Transformer’s, and is still thin enough to keep the combined tablet-dock thickness at just 12mm (about the same as the new iPad with a Smart Cover). While few additional details have been revealed about the upcoming tablet, it’s expected to cost around $170. This is Archos’ latest attempt at an Android tablet, which has had quite a time competing in an increasingly crowding market.

Casio VX Tablet

Another 10-inch tablet comes from Casio, which is prepping its debut in the Android tablet game. Running Android 4.0 ICS, the VX Tablet is also long on battery life, lasting an impressive 12 hours. Expected to be released sometime in the middle of the year, Casio has yet to confirm a price point for the VX. With NFC technology built-in, the VX Tablet is also designed for retail use as a point-of-sale gadget. It will work with the new Casio Business Portal, enabling staff to manage merchandise, order stock and replacing tills. Tablets are expected to reform the retail industry, making business more efficient across the board. It looks like Casio is hopping on this trend with niche appeal and the software to go with it.

Sony Xperia sola

Sony’s added another device to the Xperia line: the sola with a sense of magic. The latest addition to its portfolio of Android-powered smartphones comes with floating touchTM navigation, letting you navigate the web by hovering your finger above the screen. Powered by a Mobile BRAVIAR Engine and boasting a 3.7-inch Reality Display screen, the sola also comes with xLOUD and 3D surround-sound audio technology. There’s a 1GHz dual-core processor under the hood, and a fast-capture camera that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second, with a single key press. Complete with NFC integration and Xperia SmartTags, the sola is ready for content-sharing and mobile purchases. The sola will ship with Android 2.3, with an ICS upgrade planned for the summer. Look for a global launch for the sola, with three color options in white, black or red.

ZTE Fury

A budget- and family-friendly smartphone, the ZTE Fury comes in at less than $20 from Sprint. Available now, the Fury is a pretty basic device with a 3.5-inch capacitive display with 480x320 pixel resolution, powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor. There’s 4GB of internal memory and a microSD slot to expand your storage up to 32GB. The Fury connects to Sprint’s 3G network rather than WiMAX, and has hot-spot capabilities supporting up to five devices. It will ship with Android 2.3, and no word on whether the Fury will get an ICS update later on. The Fury is compatible with Sprint’s family services, so you get apps like the sprint Family Locator to keep tabs on everyone. There’s also Sprint Mobile Controls, which schedules lock options on kids’ phones and monitors app downloads.