Archos 79 Xenon Review

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Introduction

Manufacturer: Archos
Model: 79 Xenon
RRP: £170

Archos will be a name some of you will be familiar with be due to our own recent reviews of their products as well as the name they’ve built up for themselves the past few years for providing compelling products without a questionable cost. The Archos 79 Xenon (Xenon) looks to keep on track with this mantra and is aimed straight at the 8″ tablet market currently absorbed by the Galaxy Tab 3 and Nexus 7.

Whilst Archos can’t compete on brand-name and features alone, they are looking to add that bit extra, namely, with the inclusion of 3G support, an IPS screen and SD card slot.

Specifications

Included in box • Tablet, charger, USB data cable, documentation
Display • 7.85’’: 1024 x 768 pixels, IPS,
Application Framework • Android 4.2, “Jelly Bean”
Processor • Quad-core A7 @ 1.2 GHz
• SGX544
Capacity • 8GB* + micro SD (compatible with cards up to 64GB)
RAM • 1GB RAM
Video playback1 • H.264 HD (up to 720p @30fps)
• MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p @30fps)
• With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4
Audio Playback1 • MP3
• WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
• OGG Vorbis
• FLAC
Photo viewer4 • JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles • .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported
Cameras • 0.3MP Front camera
• 2MP Back camera
Interfaces • Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• USB host via OTG
• microSD (compatible with 64 GB cards formatted to FAT32)
Wireless technologies • WiFi
• Built-in 3G+/H+
• Bluetooth
• GPS, A-GPS
Miscellaneous • Built-in speakers
• G-sensor
• Built-in Microphone
• Audio Jack 3.5mm
Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Dimensions & weight • 200 mm x 134 mm x 8 mm (7.8’’ x 5.2’’ x 0.31’’)
• 320g (0.7 pounds)
Software update • Updates can be downloaded at www.archos.com

What Archos say about the Xenon
Go online anywhere with the ARCHOS 79 Xenon – specially designed for an on-the-go experience with both 3G and WiFi. Un-Sim-locked it accepts any 3G Sim card and has no provider restrictions. The ARCHOS 79 Xenon features a powerful Quad-core processor and runs Android Jelly Bean with complete access to Google Play and all the Google Mobile Applications.

In the saturated space that is the tablet market, can the Archos stand out? Let’s find out.

 

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