Archos 80 Xenon

I’ve lost count of how many Archos tablets there are floating around at the moment. There’s the Archos Titanium series, a few Cobalt tablets, and ranges falling under various sub-brands like Arnova. If, after all this choice, you’re still in the market for a budget tablet then Archos’ 8-inch Xenon tablet may be of interest to you.

The 8-inch Xenon 3G has been spotted for pre-order at a couple of retailers, with prices started at as little as €169.99 (roughly $233) and it’s also available on for €226 (about $296). The same tablet can already be bought in the UK for £149.22.

For this bargain price you’ll receive a tablet with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and 512Mb RAM. There’s 4Gb of built in storage and an SD card slot for extra space if you require it. As mentioned, the screen is 8-inches in size and has a display resolution of 1024 x 768. The tablet also has a 2 megapixel camera on the back and a 0.3 megapixel one of the front for video chat, and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean too.

The main selling point of this tablet is its connectivity. Unlike other Archos tablets which are often missing one or two features, the Xenon comes with Bluetooth 3.0 functionality, WiFi, an FM radio, and GPS transmitter. As another bonus feature, the tablet also has a mobile antenna which supports 3G networks, making it a bargain travelling companion.

Robert Triggs

Lead Technical Writer covering SoCs, displays, cameras, and everything in between. In his spare moments you’ll find him building audio gadgets.