Archos has been known for making very solid and cheap Android-based tablets for a couple of years now, but even by these high standards the French are making great strides of late. We’ve seen a number of budget-conscious and fairly decent Archos tabs get introduced in the past few months and now you can add a new name to the list – the 80 Xenon.
Set to make its European debut come June, the 8-incher will cost a mere $199.99 and come with 3G connectivity standard. That’s not the only strong selling point of the thing though, with a quad-core CPU hiding under the hood.
True, this is not the zippiest around, being a slightly dated Snapdragon S4 unit clocked at 1.2 GHz, but it is going to be aided by an Adreno 203 GPU and 1 GB of RAM, meaning it will likely do a decent job in gaming, browsing and multitasking.
The 8-inch IPS screen is likewise decent, but not impressive, boasting a 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution, while on the software front you should be happy to hear you’re going to get an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience very close to stock, with full Google Play access.
By far, the biggest flaw of the 80 Xenon is the modest on-board storage (just 4 gigs), but at least there’s microSD support. And even dual cameras. Finally, it has to be said the 8-incher is not the thinnest, lightest or most elegant tablet in the world, but for a $200 gadget it looks to have a decent build quality.
<Source: The Droid Guy>