If there’s a collection of combined elements guaranteed to turn the heads of the swivel-eyed loons here at LOA Towers it’s an Android device that incorporates in its name some shouting, a number, an utterly misplaced lack of capitalisation and, of course, the letter ‘X’, so you can imagine our utterly OTT reaction to the release of this nattily named little number: the ARCHOS 80 xenon…
The latest in the all-caps brand’s addition to its Elements range, this sleek and shapely looking multi-touch tablet offers a more than acceptable 8-inches of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean actuated action, with a 1024 x 768 resolution display and both Wi-Fi and 3G built-in to keep you connected no matter where you wander. Under the hood at the heart of proceedings sits a powerful Qualcomm quad core processor running at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, while integrated GPS in conjunction with Google Maps and Google Maps with Navigation beta will ensure you stay on the right path no matter how wildly you do your aforementioned wandering. Storage-wise, you get 4GB on internal, expandable to 64GB courtesy of a microSD card slot. Finally, round the back you’ll find a snappy 2-megapixel shooter and a front-fixed webcam to take care of all that video-call kerfuffle.
“We designed the ARCHOS 80 xenon to meet the growing need and desire for large screen connectivity while on the go,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “Taking advantage of the recent arrival of affordable 3G subscriptions, the ARCHOS 80 xenon provides a full connected tablet experience anywhere, anytime.”
Sold as ‘un-SIM-locked’ to let you use any and all operators’ SIM cards, even pay-as-you go options, the ARCHOS 80 xenon is available from June at the staggeringly small price point of £160. Head here to find out more in the meantime and, promised a play with a model from ARCHOS’s PR company, watch this space for a full hands-on review coming soon.