Archos, one of the Android manufacturer known for releasing budget top-notch tablets has expanded its ‘Elements’ tablet lineup with the introduction of their newest member, the Archos 80 Xenon.
At 8-inches with an ISP display featuring a fairly low resolution of 1024 x 768, this new model doesn’t bring a lot to the table but it sports a bang-for-buck SoC which hasn’t saw any major action in the Android ecosystem.
The chip is a Snapdragon S4 Play (probably the MSM8225Q) with four Cortex-A5 cores ticking at 1.2GHz coupled with the Adreno 203 GPU and 1GB of RAM which is pretty much what you’d expect from such a tablet.
It also packs 4GB of internal storage expandable to 64GB via the MicroSD slot. Other than that it also sports a 2MP rear camera as well as a webcam. Connectivity features include GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth.
On the software side you’ll find vanilla Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean which we consider as a letdown given that most manufacturers have already starting adopting Android 4.2, but that’s a fair compromise judging from the relatively low price of that gadget.
No exact release dates were announced but it is scheduled to be available in June. It will however be sold at only 169,99€ / £159.99 / $199.99
The Archos 80 Xenon is far from revolutionary as far as hardware specifications are concerned, its screen isn’t going to be the most detailed or bright screen on the market but you won’t likely find any quality stuff better in that price range.