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Archos 80 Xenon review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £142
inc VAT

Basic performance and terrible battery life means this is one 3G tablet to avoid


8 in 1,024×768 display, 440g, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.00GB RAM, 4GB disk, Android 4.1


The 80 Xenon runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is beginning to show its age when compared to 4.3 Jelly Bean or the latest 4.4 KitKat release. Archos has wisely chosen not to add a custom user interface, as it might have reduced the performance of the device, but Archos conveniently provides several of its own apps. Some apps, such as the Files file manager and Media Server UPnP server are genuinely useful, as they let you organise and beam multimedia files to a compatible device. Other apps, such as LeKiosk and System Monitor simply replicate existing Google apps and Android services. You can delete these apps to free up space, should you want to do so.

Archos 80 Xenon

There’s no phone app installed by default, and installing a third-party dialler from the Play Store wouldn’t let us make calls. You can at least send text messages using the Messaging app, but there’s no straightforward way to turn the 80 Xenon into an oversized phone.

The 80 Xenon has camera sensors on its front and back panels, but we found the front camera, which is best used for video calls, to be most useful. The 2-megapixel rear sensor can only take very basic photos. There’s no tap-to-focus and images look grainy and lack detail, even in the best lighting conditions. It’s certainly no replacement for a compact camera, or even a mid-range smartphone.

Archos 80 Xenon

Even more disappointing than poor camera performance was atrocious battery life. The 80 Xenon only lasted four hours and 44 minutes in our video rundown test, which is barely enough time to get through two full-length films. We ran the test with Wi-Fi off and brightness set to 50 per cent, so with 3G enabled and brightness set to full you should expect even less battery time.


With average performance, an outdated version of Android and very disappointing battery life, it’s difficult to recommend the Archos 80 Xenon. The Asus FonePad may be slightly slower on paper and have a 7in screen, but we think it’s the better buy if you absolutely must have mobile broadband and don’t want to spend £300 on a top-end Google Nexus 7.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Processor clock speed 1.2GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 1GB
Size 213x155x11.3mm
Weight 440g
Sound Qualcomm 8×60 SoC Audio
Pointing device touchscreen


Viewable size 8 in
Native resolution 1,024×768
Graphics Processor Qualcomm Adreno 203
Graphics/video ports none


Total storage capacity 4GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards microSD
Other ports minijack headset port


Carrying case No
Operating system Android 4.1
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £142