Archos plans 11.6-inch tablet for early 2013

The tablet will arrive with Full HD screen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as standard

Archos is planning to release an 11.6-inch tablet called the Archos 116 XS, which will land packing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right from the get-go

The Archos 116 XS will be the first tablet from the French manufacturer with a 1,920x1,080 16:10 screen and, if rumours are to be believed, should arrive with a sub €500 (£400) price tag.

There’s no word yet on whether it will sport the same “coverboard” keyboard dock – but since Archos is outfitting the rest of its Gen 10 range with the magnetic attachments, it seems likely.

Archos has been busy of late - unveiling the 10.1-inch 101 XS tablet ahead of IFA this week. But a leap up to a Full HD screen with a dockable keyboard would see it competing with the likes of the Asus Transformer series and the forthcoming Microsoft Surface tablets.

The company will be taking a chance that customers are happy to go above the established 10.1-inch form factor. Although Archos can take some comfort from the success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones as proof we’re looking for ever-more screen real estate.

No release date has yet been given for the Archos 116 XS but, according to Arctablet, we could see the new device launching around the beginning of 2013.

Via Arctablet