Archos Hits The $200 Spot With 8-Inch 80 Xenon Android Tablet

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Archos has made a bit of a living out of producing low-end, super affordable gadgets. Namely, audio players and tablets. While they hardly ever impress anyone from a benchmarking standpoint, it's tough to overlook the latest. It's the Archos 80 Xenon, the company's latest and greatest 3G tablet in the Elements range. 



It's a 8-inch unit, which goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy Note 8.0 in that form factor, but at a far cheaper price point. $199.99 (half of the Note 8.0) gets you the following: a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), an IPS multi-touch panel (1024x768), built-in Wi-Fi + 3G radios, access to the Google Play store, Google Now, a 2MP rear camera and a microSD expansion slot. 

Sure, it's not packed to the gills with cutting-edge components, but it's also under $200. Not too shabby for a secondary device to tote around, huh?
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KatePerry replied on Fri, May 17 2013 8:16 AM

Another tablet with 3G HSPA+ to launch this month worth considering is the new Ramos X10 Pro Mini (3G edition) -- available through Tablet Sprint -- this new 7.85-inch Android tablet compares in size to the iPad mini and is priced competitively at $210 - and offers a few key advantages over the new Acer Iconia B1 and Archos 80 Xenon, in that the Ramos X10 Pro Mini features 16GB Memory, as well as two high quality cameras - a 2 MegaPixel Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera with autofocus. Spec wise the X10 Pro Mini features one of the newest Quad-core processors (MT8389 A7 1.2 GHZ / PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU) with 1GB DDR3, along with GPS built-in that works with the new Google Mapping Apps; and also offers Bluetooth, WiFi, MicroSD memory card storage, a 4200 mAh Battery with 6+ hours of active use, and HDMI to stream movies and media to an HDTV. Internet connection other than WiFi is the biggest advantage to 3G capable devices, and the built-in SIM slot with 3G HSPA+ provides both internet and telephone calling through any GSM carrier, including AT&T & T-Mobile in the U.S -- the online site Tablet Sprint also features a few other upcoming Android devices worth reviewing that become available in early June--

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KatePerry replied on Fri, May 17 2013 8:16 AM

Another tablet with 3G HSPA+ to launch this month worth considering is the new Ramos X10 Pro Mini (3G edition) -- available through Tablet Sprint -- this new 7.85-inch Android tablet compares in size to the iPad mini and is priced competitively at $210 - and offers a few key advantages over the new Acer Iconia B1 and Archos 80 Xenon, in that the Ramos X10 Pro Mini features 16GB Memory, as well as two high quality cameras - a 2 MegaPixel Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera with autofocus. Spec wise the X10 Pro Mini features one of the newest Quad-core processors (MT8389 A7 1.2 GHZ / PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU) with 1GB DDR3, along with GPS built-in that works with the new Google Mapping Apps; and also offers Bluetooth, WiFi, MicroSD memory card storage, a 4200 mAh Battery with 6+ hours of active use, and HDMI to stream movies and media to an HDTV. Internet connection other than WiFi is the biggest advantage to 3G capable devices, and the built-in SIM slot with 3G HSPA+ provides both internet and telephone calling through any GSM carrier, including AT&T & T-Mobile in the U.S -- the online site Tablet Sprint also features a few other upcoming Android devices worth reviewing that become available in early June--

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KatePerry replied on Fri, May 17 2013 8:16 AM

Another tablet with 3G HSPA+ to launch this month worth considering is the new Ramos X10 Pro Mini (3G edition) -- available through Tablet Sprint -- this new 7.85-inch Android tablet compares in size to the iPad mini and is priced competitively at $210 - and offers a few key advantages over the new Acer Iconia B1 and Archos 80 Xenon, in that the Ramos X10 Pro Mini features 16GB Memory, as well as two high quality cameras - a 2 MegaPixel Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera with autofocus. Spec wise the X10 Pro Mini features one of the newest Quad-core processors (MT8389 A7 1.2 GHZ / PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU) with 1GB DDR3, along with GPS built-in that works with the new Google Mapping Apps; and also offers Bluetooth, WiFi, MicroSD memory card storage, a 4200 mAh Battery with 6+ hours of active use, and HDMI to stream movies and media to an HDTV. Internet connection other than WiFi is the biggest advantage to 3G capable devices, and the built-in SIM slot with 3G HSPA+ provides both internet and telephone calling through any GSM carrier, including AT&T & T-Mobile in the U.S -- the online site Tablet Sprint also features a few other upcoming Android devices worth reviewing that become available in early June--

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Shadizzle replied on Fri, May 17 2013 9:12 AM

Can we say paid reviewer?

Sorry but Archos is known to promise the world and deliver less than par. Ive never had a product of theirs work for more than 6mo without major issues. Forget cust. service, they could careless, very unprofessional. The re-stocking fee will make it not worth your time to return the item (if you bought it off their site like I did). I just cant take these guys seriously.

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AKnudson replied on Fri, May 17 2013 9:47 AM

I agree with Shadizzle. Archos puts out cheap products for thrifty consumers but you end with a sub par product.

You might save money up front. But you will lose value through cheap components and bad design.

Cheap has its costs.

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