FRENCH TABLET MAKER Archos unveiled an addition to its affordable Android lineup on Thursday, the £159 Archos 80 Xenon.
While it doesn't sound all that exciting, the Archos 80 Xenon tablet comes with 3G connectivity, making it one of the cheapest if not the cheapest 3G Android tablet on the market, undercutting the price of Google's Nexus 7.
As well the the ability to get on the web while out and about, the Archos 80 Xenon features an 8in 1024x768 screen, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system (OS), which see the firm looking to take on similarly specified devices with higher price tags.
Unlike some other affordable Android tablets the 80 Xenon also comes with Google Certification, which means that buyers will be able to access the Google Play store and its 700,000 apps. What's more, the device runs an unskinned version of Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
"We designed the Archos 80 Xenon to meet the growing need and desire for large screen connectivity while on the go," said Archos CEO Loïc Poirier.
"Taking advantage of the recent arrival of affordable 3G subscriptions, the Archos 80 Xenon provides a full connected tablet experience anywhere, anytime."
The tablet also features a 2MP rear-facing camera, up to 64GB of expandable internal storage and WiFi connectivity.
The Archos 80 Xenon will be available in the UK from June, priced at £159 upfront. The device will be sold unlocked, and apparently can accept SIM cards from any mobile operator. µ
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